Thursday, April 13, 2006

Pink Eye

Pink Eye

What is Pink Eye? Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an irritation caused by the membranes on the inner eyelid and the conjuctiva (whites of the eyes). The membranes can be affected by bacteria, viruses, irritants, and toxic agents. The most common forms of conjunctivitis are viral and bacterial. Pink eye is more prominent in children; however, pink eye can occur in people of all ages.
Viral Pick Eye: A virus infection is the most well-known cause of pink eye. Signs and symptoms of viral pink eye usually include a watery discharge (not a green or yellow color), swollen eyelids, and cold-like symptoms. People affected with viral pink eye should visit the doctor; however, there may not be an antibiotic. Viral pink eye is very contagious. Seven to ten days after the symptoms appear, viral pink eye usually clears.
Bacterial Pink Eye: Bacteria are another common cause of pink eye. Signs and symptoms of bacterial pink eye include eye pain, swelling, redness, and a discharge (usually green or yellow in color). Occasionally after sleeping, the discharge can accumulate around the eyes. Often, this frightens children because they are not able to open their eyes. Using a warm wash cloth over the eyes, antibiotic eye drops, or an ointment, bacterial pink eye can be reduced. People experiencing symptoms of bacterial pink eye should visit the doctor immediately for an antibiotic in order to kill the infection.

Because pick eye is highly contagious, teachers should be on the look-out for signs and symptoms of viral and bacterial pick eye. If these signs and symptoms are present of children in the classroom, the child should visit the doctor immediately.

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Guest Blogger: Kimberly Deitrick

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