Conjunctivitis (sticky eye)
conjunctivitis; eye; sticky; ;
Conjunctivitis causes sore, red and sticky eyes, a discharge from the eyes (pus) and swollen eyelids, most often caused by an infection by a virus or bacteria. It is usually not serious although it can be uncomfortable. Some kinds of conjunctivitis can cause damage to the eyes.
Conjunctivitis can spread very quickly so children should be kept away from child care, kindergarten or school until the discharge from their eyes has stopped.
Careful hand washing is very important to prevent spreading, especially before and after touching the eyes or face.
To find out more about conjunctivitis have a look at these topics on other sites
Department of Health, South Australia,
Raising Children Network Australia
Better Health Channel - Victoria
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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