What causes conjunctivitis?

Several issues. Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral allergy: air born pollen conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately.

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What causes conjunctivitis in babies?

Infections and Chem. Newborns can get conjuctivitis from chemicals (prophylaxis for infections at birth), bacteria (gonorrhea, chlamydia), or viruses (herpes). Any large amount of discharge and red/watery eyes should prompt an exam by a physician. Read more...
Red eye. Usually bacteria, but it could be a virus or chemical irritant. Call your local pediatric ophthalmologist for an appointment. Read more...

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes conjunctivitis in babies and children?

Viruses and bacteria. Cause the infections. Children do not have the best hygiene and will touch their eyes with unclean fingers. They can also get an eye infection that travels up to the eyes from an infection in the nose. Infants can have an eye infection from exposure at birth. Read more...

What is usual cause of conjunctivitis in schools?

Viral. Conjunctivtis in schools is a moderately contagious viral illness similar to the spread of ordinary colds. It is spread, unlike colds, by direct contact. For instance a child may have it, rub the eye which gets the virus on the hand, open a door leaving the virus on the knob which is opened by another student who can then transfer it to his eye. In this way many students get infected. Read more...
Pink eye. Viral and allergic. But the most contagious is bacterial, that is why antibiotics are prescribed. Read more...

What are the bacteria cause conjunctivitis?

Bacterial conjunctiv. The following are the most common ones Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Chlamydia. Read more...