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Pink Eye – not just for kids anymore

This week, it seems pink is the new …. hazel, and blue and brown and green…

Conjunctivitis also known as Pink Eye, is what Centra Care data shows as What’s Going Around this week. While it is typically seen mostly in children, Centra Care data shows that adult cases have risen by over 30 percent in the last week.

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Pink Eye is a VERY contagious infection of the conjunctiva, which is a thin film that covers the inside of your eyelids and the whites of your eyes. Since the cause can be viral or bacterial, prescription eye drops are often 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

If you think you or one of your children may have Pink Eye, there are a few things Centra Care pediatricians recommend to help keep the infection from spreading:

Don’t rub or touch your eyes. Wash your hands often. Don’t share towels. Change pillowcases frequently. Disinfect makeup brushes that may have become contaminated. And if you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them and either sanitize the lens or throw it out if it is a disposable.

The physicians at Centra Care can determine if you need an antibiotic to heal your Pink Eye. So don’t delay treatment.