Has your child developed a red, itchy, crusty eye? The likely cause of this inflammation is pinkeye, or conjunctivitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conjunctivitis is a common eye condition that causes swelling of the conjunctiva, the thin layer that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the whites of the eye. All types of conjunctivitis — viral, bacterial, and allergic — can clear up on their own, with the latter usually improving once the allergen is removed. Viral and bacterial pinkeye are particularly contagious, so to prevent spreading, speed recovery, and avoid long-term effects, Circle of Moms members suggest the following treatments.