What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation of the clear membrane that covers the eye and the inner part of the eyelid. It’s a common condition, and easily treatable and usually causes no long term damage.

Pink eye causes the sclera (the white part of the eye) to become alarmingly red. The child may wake up with discharge or crustiness in their eye(s). Usually, it feels like there is an irritation in the eye.

Conjunctivitis may be caused by bacteria or a virus (which is highly contagious), or allergies. A child can get pinkeye by touching an infected person or something an infected person has touched, such as a used tissue. In the summertime, pinkeye can spread when kids swim in contaminated water or share contaminated towels. It also can be spread

through coughing and sneezing. Doctors recommend keeping kids diagnosed with contagious conjunctivitis out of school or day care for a short time. Usually after they start antibiotic drops they can return to school the next day.

Someone who has pinkeye in one eye can also inadvertently spread it to the other eye by touching the infected eye, then touching the other one.

You can gently wash the eyes with a warm compress, removing any debris. Tylenol or Advil can be given to relieve discomfort.

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