Conjunctivitis is also known as red or pink eye.
It usually affects both eyes and makes them:
How to treat conjunctivitis yourself
There are things you can do to help ease your symptoms.
Use clean cotton wool (one piece for each eye). Boil water and then let it cool down before you:
Staying away from work or school
You don’t need to avoid work or school unless you or your child are feeling very unwell.
If there are a few children with conjunctivitis at your child’s school you might be asked to keep yours at home.
Advice for nurseries and schools can be read here.
Your pharmacist can help with conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is part of the Think Pharmacy Minor Ailments Scheme so your pharmacist can recommend eye drops or antihistamines to help with your symptoms.
You can find your nearest pharmacy at NHS Choices.