What is it?
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the surface of the eye (conjunctiva). It may be caused by an infection (by a variety of bacteria or viruses) or by irritation or allergy (as in hay fever)
How do I know if someone has it?
Conjunctivitis often begins with pain and itchiness in one or both eyes, together with excessive watering of the eyes, swelling of the lids and redness of the “white” of the eye. There may be a yellowish discharge, and the affected person may find it painful to look at bright lights. It may last for as little as 2 days or for as long as 2-3 weeks.
Is it infectious?
Yes, except for the allergic kind.
What is the incubation period?
Symptoms normally appear 12 hours to 3 days after contact with an infected person.
What should I do if someone has the illness?
Arrange for them to see a doctor.
Do I need to keep my child away from Nursery?
No, you do not need to keep your child away from nursery however we may decide to exclude children, if multiple cases are diagnosed (so as to minimise the spread of infection). The manager on duty will make this decision.