Conjunctivitis is an eye condition caused by infection or allergies. It usually gets better in a couple of weeks without treatment.
Check if you have conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is also known as red or pink eye.
It usually affects both eyes and makes them:
- burn or feel gritty
- produce pus that sticks to lashes
If you’re not sure it’s conjunctivitis
How to treat conjunctivitis yourself
There are things you can do to help ease your symptoms.
- Boil water and let it cool down before you gently wipe your eyelashes to clean off crusts with a clean cotton wool pad (1 piece for each eye).
- Hold a cold flannel on your eyes for a few minutes to cool them down.
Do not wear contact lenses until your eyes are better.
Stop infectious conjunctivitis from spreading
- wash your hands regularly with warm soapy water
- wash your pillow cases and face cloths in hot water and detergent
- cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and put used tissues in the bin
- do not share towels and pillows
- do not rub your eyes
Staying away from work or school
You do not need to stay away from work or school unless you or your child are feeling very unwell.
A pharmacist can help with conjunctivitis
Speak to a pharmacist about conjunctivitis. They can give you advice and suggest eyedrops or antihistamines to help with your symptoms.
See a GP if:
- your baby has red eyes – get an urgent appointment if your baby is less than 28 days old
- you wear contact lenses and have conjunctivitis symptoms as well as spots on your eyelids – you might be allergic to the lenses
- your symptoms have not cleared up after 2 weeks
This information is from the NHS Website
Self Care for Conjunctivitis
Link to the selfcareforum.org website information on Conjunctivitis (printable) https://www.selfcareforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/21-conjunctivitis.pdf