Pink, pink and more pink! Pediatric Conjunctivitis is What’s Going Around in Central Florida this week. Area Centra Care locations are reporting that there have been substantial increases in the number of pediatric patients diagnosed with Pink Eye. The following ares of town saw the greatest increases in pediatric Pink Eye cases:
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.
– Redness in the whites of the eye
– Red and swollen eyelids
– Itching and burning
– Sensitivity to light
– Discolored drainage or matting of the eyelashes
If you suspect you or one of your children 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 – Pink Eye is very contagious.
· 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 or your child need an antibiotic to heal Pink Eye. No work or school until you have been on an antibiotic for 24-hours.