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Question:
Are pink eye and conjunctivitis the same thing?

Answer:
There is substantial overlap. Pink eye is an infectious form of conjunctivitis, most often caused by viruses but also caused in some cases by bacteria. The most important form of non-infectious conjunctivitis is allergic, usually recognizable by mild redness, substantial itching and no discharge.

Answered by: Michael X. Repka, MDDr. Michael X. Repka

Categories: Eye Conditions; Children's Eye Health

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Answered: Nov 29, 2010

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