Symptoms of Conjunctivitis in Toddlers

What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis or red eye is an inflammation that occurs in the conjunctiva or the lining that lines the front of the eye. The inflammation causes white eyes will look red or pink.


Inflammation that occurs is generally caused by infection due to either bacteria or viruses. However, allergic reactions can also trigger the occurrence of red eyes infection.

Conjunctivitis may initially only infect one eye, but usually after a few hours will infect both eyes.
Symptoms of conjunctivitis generally include watery eyes and itching.

But in cases of conjunctivitis due to allergies, usually accompanied by a sticky eyelashes.

Early diagnosis and treatment of conjunctivitis may help limit the spread because it is a contagious disease. However, conjunctivitis usually does not interfere with vision.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis  

Symptoms of conjunctivitis initially infect only one eye, but usually after several hours will infect both eyes. Conjunctivitis has the following common symptoms:
  • Often tears and mucus because the glands that produce both become too active due to inflammation.
  • The eyes become red because the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva widen after experiencing inflammation.
  •  Sensitivity to light increases.

In addition to the general symptoms above, conjunctivitis can also cause some other symptoms, according to the type.

Infective Conjunctivitis

There are some symptoms that usually occur when experiencing infective conjunctivitis, including:
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in front of the ear.
  • The eyes feel like burning.
  •  Eyelashes will feel sticky or sticky when waking up in the morning.
  • Eyes feels like sandy.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can occur due to allergies and cause itchy eyes. Symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing can also occur.

Eyelid will feel sore and become dry if you suffer from allergies to eye drops or commonly called contact dermaconjunctivitis.

In addition, there is also giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) that is allergic to the use of contact lenses. Symptoms that appear can be small spots inside the upper eyelid and develop slowly.

Conjunctivitis Irritant

We should suspect irritant conjunctivitis if there is a history of exposure to irritants such as shampoo or other chemicals. 

The eye will usually emit clear liquid like a non sticky tear. Lower eye sockets are more likely to be attacked than the top.

Immediately see a doctor if you have giant papillary conjunctivitis because it can cause very dangerous complications.

Most cases of conjunctivitis are harmless and need not be worried. Even so, see your doctor immediately if you experience more severe eye symptoms such as:
  • The vision is disturbed.
  • One or both eyes are solid red.
  • Eyes hurt.
  • Experiencing photophobia or sensitivity to light.
  • Dizzy accompanied by nausea or vomiting.

Most conjunctivitis does not cause serious health problems, but can be frustrating, especially in people with allergic conjunctivitis. This is because the patient will experience severe itching constantly.

Complications of conjunctivitis that are considered serious, but rarely are eye scarring due to severe allergic conjunctivitis and meningitis if the infection spreads.

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