Conjunctivitis is a common infection especially among children under five. Children with conjunctivitis should be kept home from school or day care until the discharge from their eyes has stopped. This will prevent the spread of infection to other children. The incidence of conjunctivitis decreases with age.
Conjunctivitis leads to:
The symptoms usually develop within 24 to 72 hours of becoming infected and last two to three weeks.
You could develop conjunctivitis if you come into contact with:
Conjunctivitis can be transmitted from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal delivery.
Your doctor will take a sample of the discharge from your eye. This will be examined under a microscope or grown in a culture to determine if it is conjunctivitis.
If you develop conjunctivitis, you will need antibiotic eye drops or ointment to:
You will remain infectious as long as there is a discharge from your eye.