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There are many different causes of this problem. The following are the most common causes:
Conjunctivitis is usually divided into at least two categories: newborn conjunctivitis and childhood conjunctivitis. Each has different causes and treatments.
The following are the most common causes for the conjunctivitis in newborns:
This is a very common problem in children. Also, large outbreaks of conjunctivitis are often seen in day cares and schools. These are the most common causes:
The following are the most common symptoms of the condition. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of conjunctivitis sometimes look like other medical problems. Always see your child’s health care provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s health care provider will figure out the best treatment for your child based on:
Infection can spread from one eye to the other. It can also spread to other people by touching the affected eye or drainage from the eye. Proper hand washing is very important. Also avoid touching your eyes with your hands, change pillowcases often, and do not reuse tissues or hand towels on your face. Drainage from the eye is contagious for 24 to 48 hours after starting treatment.
The condition will be treated based on its cause. Treatment can include:
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