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Pediatric Pink Eye

Pediatric Pink Eye is as catchy as it sounds.

Pink is the color of the season it seems, especially among the elementary set. Children with Conjunctivitis, a.k.a. Pink Eye, are showing up in big numbers at local Centra Care urgent care locations. The following centers saw the greatest increases in pediatric Pink Eye cases:

  • Oviedo – up 600%
  • Longwood & Orange Lake – up 400%
  • Lee Road – up 300%
  • Lake Buena Vista – up 200%

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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 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 easily spread
  • 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.

Every Centra Care location treats adult and pediatric patients without an appointment or you can make a No Wait Reservation at centracare.org. If you or someone in your family needs a vaccination or suffers from an illness, allergy or injury that needs medical attention, Centra Care has 21 locations, serving you 7-days a week.

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