mother with her child "experience vibrant allergy free living"Conjunctivitis is a common condition, particularly amongst children. It is an infection of the conjunctiva, the clear, thin layer covering the white part of your eye. Most people are familiar with the more common term, “pink eye,” which can occur in one or both eyes. There are various forms of conjunctivitis, some of which are highly contagious. This is why doctors warn that parents should be vigilant in protecting their children against contracting or spreading it to others.

Forms of conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can be caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction from smoke, pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, cosmetics, or other items that can irritate the eyes.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis

Some of the symptoms of conjunctivitis include

  • a grainy feeling in the eyes
  • itching or burning
  • constant tearing
  • excessive discharge from the eyes
  • swollen eyelids
  • pink color in the whites of the eyes
  • sensitivity to air and light

About allergic conjunctivitis

People with seasonal allergies are often very familiar with allergic conjunctivitis. Once allergens like pollen or ragweed are present in the environment, their eyes may react immediately.

There is also another form of allergic conjunctivitis called giant papillary conjunctivitis. This generally occurs when there is some kind of foreign object in the eye like hard contact lenses, soft contact lenses that have not been cleaned properly or replaced, or have a glass eye.

Treatment for allergic conjunctivitis

The most obvious treatment for allergic conjunctivitis is to avoid the irritant as much as possible. That would require getting a proper diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms from an allergist. Cool compresses and eye drops can bring some temporary relief. More severe cases may require antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or topical steroid eye drops. 


About RAMC: Located in Redondo Beach, CA. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides a medical facility for a wide range of allergy and asthma related conditions, from nasal allergies and hay fever to skin allergy conditions and scalp eczema. If you or your children are in search of seasonal allergy relief, skin allergy treatment, sinus problems or headaches, or have shown signs of an ibuprofen allergy, you are encouraged to contact the team at RAMC. The office also may be contacted by phone at 310-792-9050.  Visit the site at

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