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What is Conjunctivitis?

Description of the disease

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye, which can be caused by various factors such as bacteria, viruses, allergens, or irritants. It is a common condition that can range from mild to severe.


  • Bacterial conjunctivitis
  • Viral conjunctivitis
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Reactive conjunctivitis


  • Redness of the eyes
  • Tearing
  • Sensation of grittiness in the eyes
  • Swelling of the conjunctiva


Conjunctivitis can be caused by various factors, including viruses, bacteria, allergens, toxins, and irritants such as smoke or chlorinated water.


Diagnosis of conjunctivitis may involve an eye examination by a doctor, as well as a swab of the conjunctiva for laboratory analysis.


Treatment of conjunctivitis depends on its type and cause. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics, antihistamines, or antiviral medications, as well as recommend the use of eye drops or ointments.


To prevent conjunctivitis, it is important to maintain eye hygiene, avoid contact with triggers and allergens, and use protective goggles when working with chemicals.


For the diagnosis and treatment of conjunctivitis, it is necessary to consult an ophthalmologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.