What is Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)?

Conjunctivitis, or Pink Eye, is caused by viruses, bacteria or allergies. Commonly this occurs with viral upper respiratory infections (colds). In most cases it is a self-limited process and will go away on its own after a few days.

What You Can Do At Home

Allergic conjunctivitis will also cause redness of eye, watering, and itching of the eye. Cool compresses sometimes help alleviate the swelling and provide some comfort. Oral antihistamines like Zyrtec or Benadryl can help with the itching and swelling.

When To Call Your Pediatrician

If there is any yellow or green discharge from the eye or eyelid swelling, call our office for an appointment. Children should not be in school or daycare if there is colored discharge from the eye. Wash hands carefully to prevent spread.

Pink eye is not dangerous and can be seen during normal office hours. If symptoms are not alleviated with the above measures, or if there is a lot of eyelid swelling, fever or discomfort, call our office.

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