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  • Alternative Names

    Inflammation - conjunctiva; Pink eye


    Good hygiene can help prevent the spread of conjunctivitis:

    • Change pillowcases frequently.
    • Do not share eye cosmetics.
    • Do not share towels or handkerchiefs.
    • Handle and clean contact lenses properly.
    • Keep hands away from the eye.
    • Replace eye cosmetics regularly.
    • Wash your hands often.


    Wright JL, Wightman JM. Red and painful eye. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 32.

    Rubenstein JB, Virasch V. Conjunctivitis: Infectious and noninfectious. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 4.6.