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Oddly enough, the Winter Olympics coverage has included a lot of talk (and visuals) about Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as Pink Eye.

Centra Care doctors treat conjunctivitis cases every day. Last week, the greatest increases in Pink Eye victims were documented at the following Centra Care centers:

Longwood: up 500%
Azalea Park & Conway: up 400%​

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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. If a bacterial infection is to blame, prescription eye drops may be needed. But if a virus causes your conjunctivitis, time is all you may need. Conjunctivitis can affect both adults and children.​

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.​