Kinds of Conjunctivitis
The kinds of conjunctivitis are based on their causes, which are as follows: viral conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis and conjunctivitis caused by eye medications. Most cases of conjunctivitis generally have the same symptoms regardless of the kind of conjunctivitis you have. The tell-tale signs of conjunctivitis are redness of the eyes, discharge, a burning sensation, itchiness and sensitivity to light.
The most common kind of conjunctivitis, which is viral, is caused by the transmission of the virus from one person to another before, during or after being infected with a cold or other upper respiratory infection. This is what is also known as an "eye cold" because it accompanies a cold infection and its symptoms are similar to that of a cold as well. The discharge that is released by eyes infected with viral conjunctivitis is clear and watery and the inflammation will last between five to seven days.
Pink eye is used to refer to infectious conjunctivitis, whether viral or bacterial. Bacterial conjunctivitis, like viral conjunctivitis, is characterized by discharge that is similar to pus. The bacteria that most commonly cause this kind of conjunctivitis are staphylococci and streptococci. Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotics in the form of prescription eye drops or ointments.