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What’s Going Around is Highly Contagious

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Any eyes in your house that are swollen, itchy and pink all over? Conjunctivitis, better known as Pink Eye, is What’s Going Around. Centra Care reports a 30% case increase last week among pediatric patients.

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Pink Eye 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 Pink Eye, 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 and/or avoid contact with people until you have been on an antibiotic for 24-hours.


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