Young slender female in black bra standing with closed eyes covering face with hand
Young slender female in black bra standing with closed eyes covering face with hand

Conjunctivitis also known as sour eyes or pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva which is the superficial layer of the white part of the eyeball. Conjunctivitis is commonly caused by a viral infection or less commonly a bacterial infection, it can also be caused by an allergic reaction to certain elegance such as dust mite, viral conjunctivitis often fuse on its own within one to two weeks, however it is typically contagious and associated with flu-like symptoms and may require an antibiotic treatment prescribed by a doctor.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis include:

  • Whiteness of one or both eyes
  • Watery or stringy discharge
  • Persistent itch and discomfort
  • Swelling of the eyelid and tissue surrounding the eye

Other symptoms may include; mouth fever, sore throat or runny nose.


If you have viral conjunctivitis, wash your hands before and after touching your eyes and face, practice good hand hygiene, avoid wearing contact lenses until you no longer have conjunctivitis, consider disposing of contact lenses and makeup that you use during the period of infection to prevent another one, use tissue paper to wipe away any tears from an infected eye and change your pillowcases and bed sheets daily to prevent the spread of viral conjunctivitis, do not share eyedrops, towels, linen, pillows or bed sheets. If possible take time off from school or work until your eyes are no longer infecfed to avoid spreading the virus to your classmates or colleagues.

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