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Conjunctivitis, YIKES! What is it? Could you have it?

Wake up with eyes that are swollen, itchy and pink all over? You’re not alone. Conjunctivitis, better known as Pink Eye, is What’s Going Around. Centra Care physicians all over town have been diagnosing both adults and children with pink eye this week.

The greatest increases of Conjunctivitis have been seen at the following Centra Care centers:

Winter Park – up 450%

University & Azalea Park – up 400%

Colonial Town and Waterford Lakes – up 300% in kids

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Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva and is very contagious. The conjunctiva is a thin film that covers the inside of your eyelids and the whites of your eyes. Since either a virus or bacteria can cause conjunctivitis, prescription eye drops may be needed to heal the infection.

Symptoms include:

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

If you suspect you have Conjunctivitis there are a few things Centra Care physicians recommend:

  • Don’t rub or touch your eyes or it could spread to both eyes.
  • Remember to wash your hands often – you can easily spread Pink Eye to your children and others.
  • Do not share towels.
  • Change pillowcases frequently.
  • If you wear makeup, wash/disinfect makeup brushes and discard of any eye makeup (i.e. mascara) that may have become contaminated.
  • If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing the contacts and either sanitize the lens or throw it out if it is a disposable lens.

Only a doctor can determine if you need an antibiotic to heal your Pink Eye. You should stay home from work or school until you have been on an antibiotic for 24-hours.