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My son has allergies and often rubs his eyes and they do get a little red. How do I know when it's just his allergies and when I should have it checked for pink eye?  

Both pink eye and allergic conjunctivitis can make the eye(s) turn red. The hallmark of allergic conjunctivitis is itching. Patients with allergic conjunctivitis may also have a mild watery or stringy discharge. Pink eye is a term used to describe conjunctivitis that is due to an infection. Itching is not typically a prominent feature of pink eye and the patient usually has a more prominent discharge from the eye.

Answered by: David K. Coats, MD Dr. David K. Coats

Categories: Eye Conditions, Children's Eye Health

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Answered: Sep 19, 2012

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