What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is a thin layer of skin that covers the white section of the eye.

The condition does not cause any long term effects and does not really affect your vision. But, conjunctivitis can be very itchy and cause discomfort as well as producing a milky like puss that can stick to your eyelashes.


There are several types of conjunctivitis but all share similar symptoms.

  • A gritty feeling in one or both eyes.
  • Itching or burning sensation in one or both eyes.
  • Excessive tearing.
  • Discharge from one or both eyes.
  • Swollen eyelids.
  • Pink discoloration to the whites of one or both eyes.
  • Increased sensitivity to light


There is normally no treatment given for conjunctivitis as the condition should clear up by itself. Keeping your eyes clean will help to speed up the recovery. Boil water and let it cool down so you can wipe off any crust that has formed. Drops can help relieve the itchiness. Do not wear your contact lenses and do not share towels or equipment with others as the condition can be easily spread.