Dear Matthew, what are the different types of conjunctivitis?
The different types of conjunctivitis are bacterial, viral and allergic.
Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by a bacterial infection and can be contagious. Symptoms generally include red eyes and a thick yellow or green discharge which consistently comes back after being wiped away. It can be treated with antibiotic eye drops such as Chlorsig.
Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious and usually follows a viral infection such as the common cold or influenza. The symptoms generally include redness in the eye and a clear, stringy or watery discharge.
Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by pollen, animal dander or dust mites, and causes itchy eyes. It’s treated using over the counter antihistamine eye drops and is not contagious to others.
You can contact your local Calanna Pharmacy today for more information.