Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The conjunctiva consists of the membrane that lines the inside of the eye as well as a thin membrane that covers the actual eye.

  • Conjunctivitis can be caused by allergies, bacteria or a virus — even herpes.
  • The condition is characterized by itchy, red and watery eyes and occasional swelling of the eyelid. There may also be a visible, stringy discharge.
  • Since there is no cure for allergic conjunctivitis, avoiding the irritant is the best way to manage the condition. Applying cold compresses to your child's eyes may also help with the itching and swelling.