What's the difference between pink eye and conjunctivitis?

There is substantial overlap between pink eye and conjunctivitis. 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.

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Bacterial Eye Infections

Microbes may attack the mucous membrane on the surface of the eye, causing conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye. Most infections are treated with an antibacterial eye drop, but for some types of organisms, oral antibiotics may al...

so be used. The condition is usually not serious when properly treated.
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