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Bacterial conjunctivitis. Discharge from the eye of a 3 year old girl caused by acute bacterial conjunctivitis. This is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the delicate mucous membrane covering the front of the eye and the insides of the eyelids. The conjunctiva becomes red, swollen and may discharge water or pus, as here. Conjunctivitis is caused by bacterial infection, allergy, or by physical or chemical irritants. Bacterial infections respond to antibiotic eye drops. Uncomplicated conjunctivitis is generally not serious and does not usually affect vision.
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