Conjunctivitis is an eye condition caused by infection or allergies. It usually gets better in a couple of weeks without treatment

Check if you have conjunctivitis:

Conjunctivitis is also known as red or pink eye.

It usually affects both eyes and makes them:

  • bloodshot
  • burn or feel gritty
  • produce pus that sticks to lashes
  • itch
  • water


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:

  • gently rub your eye lashes to clean off crusts
  • hold a cold flannel on your eyes for a few minutes to cool them down



Staying away from work or school:

You don't need to avoid work or school unless you or your child are feeling very unwell.



A pharmacist can help with conjunctivitis:

Speak to a pharmacist about conjunctivitis. They can give you advice and suggest eye drops or antihistamines to help with your symptoms.


See a doctor if:

  • your baby has red eyes – get an urgent appointment if your baby is less than 28 days old
  • your symptoms haven't cleared up after 2 weeks