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Conjunctivitis is a common condition that causes redness and inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye (the conjunctiva).
Symptoms of conjunctivitis
The most common symptoms of conjunctivitis are red and watery eyes.
Causes of conjunctivitis
The three most common causes of conjunctivitis are infection, allergic reaction and something irritating the conjunctiva.
Diagnosing conjunctivitis
Your GP should be able to diagnose conjunctivitis by asking about your symptoms and examining your eyes.
Treating conjunctivitis
Infective conjunctivitis usually clears up by itself. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with antihistamines.
Complications of conjunctivitis
Complications from conjunctivitis are uncommon but can be serious such as meningitis, cellulitis, blood poisoning (septicaemia)
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