The nurse is assessing a child with conjunctivitis. The nurse suspects bacterial infection because of the presence of which symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis?


• Bacterial conjunctivitis involves one or both eyes, has mucopurulent drainage, grittiness of the eyes, crusting, and may cause the eyelids to stick together.

Incorrect options:

• Allergic conjunctivitis: a runny nose and cough are often associated with allergies.

• Watery eyes, eye pain, and swollen eyelids could be associated with all types of conjunctivitis.

• Allergic conjunctivitis involves a sensation of bilateral foreign body in the eyes.

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