Family Practitioner Questions Pink eye

How do I know if my child has pink eye or allergies?

I've always thought that pink eye and eye allergies (like puffy red eyes) look similar to one another. How should I distinguish the two from one another?

1 Answer

Pink eye is an infection, that typically begins in one eye and purulent (thick) drainage is present. Allergic conjunctivitis is present in both eyes and typically presents with a watery drainage. Allergic conjunctivitis may have transient thick drainage, especially in the morning, but once cleaned, the drainage will be clear and watery.