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Allergic conjunctivitis (say "kun-JUNK-tih-VY-tus") is an eye problem that many teens get. It is often called pink eye. In pink eye, the lining of the eyelid and the eye surface become red and swollen. The lining is called the conjunctiva (say "kawn-junk-TY-vuh").
Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or an allergy.
Your pink eye is caused by an allergy. A substance (allergen) triggers a reaction that results in the symptoms. This type of pink eye cannot be spread from person to person. You may have other symptoms of an allergy, such as a runny nose.
Allergic pink eye goes away when you keep away from the allergen that triggers the pink eye. Triggers include pollen, mould, and animal skin cells (dander). But because it is not always possible to stay away from triggers, your doctor may suggest eyedrops to treat the symptoms. Antibiotics do not help with allergies.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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