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Bacterial Conjunctivitis Overview

What is bacterial conjunctivitis?
A person with bacterial conjunctivitis has inflammation of the conjunctiva, caused by a bacterial infection. The conjunctiva is the thin, clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye, as well as the inside surface of the eyelids. Bacterial conjunctivitis is easily transmitted from one person to another through close contact.

What are the symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis?
Inflammation of the conjunctiva causes eye swelling, eye redness, and eye pain. Bacterial conjunctivitis will often cause a colored and sticky eye discharge.

How does the doctor treat bacterial conjunctivitis?
Treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis includes antibiotic eyedrops or ointment.

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Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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