Conjunctivitis is an eye infection that is most commonly experienced by children under the age of five.

As we grow older, the chance of getting conjunctivitis significantly decreases.

If you or your child develops conjunctivitis, it is important to keep them away from other people (particularly other children) for a day or two to minimise the chance of getting someone else infected.

The main ways conjunctivitis is brought about is through contaminated fingers and objects, or through contact with someone else with the infection.

The common symptoms of the infection are redness around the eyes, eye irritation, discharge (sometimes with pus) from the eyes, swollen eyelids and photophobia (don’t like looking into the sun).

In order to treat conjunctivitis properly, you need to apply antibiotic eye drops. These can be purchased from the chemist.

If you are unsure about the condition or if it persists, see your doctor.

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