Types of Conjunctivitis
Viral and Bacterial Conjunctivitis
Viral conjunctivitis may cause cold-like symptoms such as fever and sore throat. Bacterial conjunctivitis may be due to poor hygiene, using contaminated cosmetics or physical contact with someone with the infection. Both types can be easily spread from person to person.
This type of conjunctivitis occurs in newborn babies within the first 28 days of life. It may be caused by an infection, such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Infection is acquired from infected mothers during passage through the birth canal.
Allergic conjunctivitis affects both of your eyes and they will feel really itchy. You may have hay fever or asthma symptoms too. It occurs more commonly among people who already have seasonal allergies.
Chemical conjunctivitis can be caused by irritants such as air pollution, chlorine in swimming pools or exposure to noxious chemicals.