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Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctivae of the eye (the moist mucous membrane inside the the eyelids. There are a number of causes:
The vast majority of cases of conjunctivitis with discharge in children can be treated the same way: give 'em some eyedrops, and they get better. Sometimes we culture the eye to get the name of the bug causing the infection, but generally only if something is unusual about the case. The expression "pink eye" is confusing. Most folks mean an eye that is pink and weepy; more precisely, "pink eye" refers to, as above, a specific type of viral conjunctivitis.