There are three main types of conjunctivitis and depending on the cause the symptoms may vary.
 
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis: caused by bacteria. This condition will affect both eyes, which will feel gritty and have a sticky discharge. The eyes will be very red and the discharge may cause them to be stuck together particularly in the mornings.
  • Viral conjunctivitis: caused by viral infections, such as the common cold. The eyes will be red and there will be a watery discharge. The lymph nodes around the ears and neck may become swollen and tender.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis: caused by allergens such as hay fever and asthma. The eyes will be extremely itchy, and there will be a watery discharge. The eyes will be intermittently red, and may feel very uncomfortable. He may also have a runny nose.
 
If your child is displaying any of these symptoms, then contact your G.P.
 
Learn more about the causes of conjunctivitis.

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