Bacterial Conjunctivitis, Pediatric
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Bacterial conjunctivitis is an infection of the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid (conjunctiva). It causes the blood vessels in the conjunctiva to become inflamed. The eye becomes red or pink and may be irritated or itchy. Bacterial conjunctivitis can spread easily from person to person (is contagious). It can also spread easily from one eye to the other eye.
Preventing the infection from spreading
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.).
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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