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What’s going around is highly contagious & a total eye opener

Your child wakes up in the morning with what only can be described as some sort of goop on their eyes. Fast forward a few hours later and you’re filling their prescription eye drops and running through a cleaning check list in your mind because your little one was indeed diagnosed with… pink eye. Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva which is the thin film that covers the inside of your eyelids and the whites of your eyes.

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What it looks like
•  Redness in the whites of the eye
•  Red and swollen eyelids
•  Tears
•  Itching and burning of the eye
•  Sensitivity to light
•  Discolored drainage or matting of the eyelashes

Is there more than one type of pink eye?
Both bacterial and viral pink eye are very contagious and are mainly spread through direct contact with the infection. The viral variety accompanies or follows a cold. And allergic pink eye, which is common in children who experience allergy symptoms, is not contagious and can be treated with over-the-counter medication.

When to see the doctor
Pink eye symptoms are likely to subside on their own, within a week or two in the case of viral conjunctivitis. However, depending on the type of pink eye, prescription eye drops may be needed to heal the infection. No matter the cause, it’s best to visit a physician who can diagnose and treat the condition before it spreads to others.

Keep it from spreading in your family
•  Don’t share personal items: pillows, sunglasses/glasses, eye makeup
•  Remind everyone to wash hands often and more diligently than usual
•  Clean commonly used surfaces like light switches, door knobs
•  It should be emphasized that touching or rubbing the eyes should be avoided

Should I send my kids to school?
To prevent it from spreading throughout the classroom, Centra Care doctors recommend that children should be kept at home for the first 24-48 hours once treatment has started. But if discharge is still present, your little one is still contagious.


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