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How does a child get pink eye and what are the causes I could have avoided so my child wouldn't have gotten it?
The term "pink eye" is a lay term that refers to infection of the conjunctiva, which is a mucous membrane covering the white of the eye and the inner portion of the eyelids. It is usually caused by a virus. The best way to avoid getting it is to avoid contact with people who have an active eye infection.
Answered by: David K. Coats, MD
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Answered: Nov 23, 2010
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