What Does Conjunctivitis Mean?

Q:
What does conjunctivitis mean?

A:
Conjunctivitis, also commonly known as pink eye, is inflammation of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the white part of your eye and the inner part of your eyelid. If you have conjunctivitis, your eyes may appear to be pink or reddish, indicating that one or both of your eyes have been affected. There may also be pain, burning, scratchiness, or itchiness in or around your eyes.

Conjunctivitis usually caused by bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, a chemical splash in the eye, a foreign object in the eye, or — in babies — an incompletely opened tear duct.

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