Help me out here: what is conjunctivitis?

'pink eye' Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the outer lining mucous membranes of the eye. It can be caused by irritants, allergies, environmental factors, viruses, bacteria and even fungi, so it is important to seek medical attention if it does not clear up after a few days with supportive therapy. Artificial tears and cold compresses help if it is viral, irritant or allergic.
Pink eye. Conjunctivitis is a generic term for inflammation of the outer lining over the white of the eye. In most cases, it is viral can can be seen with allergy and sometimes inflammation within the eye. Children are more susceptible to having bacterial overgrowth as well. See your ophthalmologist if you have this problem for this right diagnosis and treatment.