The Spread of Pink Eye

As the director of a family-owned pre-school Tracy Kinder is always on the lookout for anything that could spread through her classrooms. She is always watching out for pinkeye.

We have noted that there is normally a discharge coming from their eye and they have a yellow or a pink reddish appearance and then we get in touch with the parents and say we suspect it. Pinkeye means inflammation of the conjunctiva and the conjunctival is a very thin membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids and also lines the white part of your eye. Here are the pinkeye red flags. Redness or swelling of the whites of the eyes, increased tears discharge, itchiness and crusty eyelids. Quite often the children will wake up in the morning with their eyes matted shut and usually with bacterial conjunctivitis the discharge sort of persists throughout the day.

Pinkeye can also result from a virus, allergies or bacterial. Viral and bacterial versions are highly contagious. Doctors look for clues to determine origin. People who have viral conjunctivitis often will also have symptoms of a cold at the same time so it’s quite common for people to also have a cough, a runny nose, sneezing. One thing that is puzzling for parents. How to treat the condition. The viral version normally sorts itself out but many people expect antibiotic drops. They won’t be of any use unless it is a bacterial case. The best way to treat viral conjunctivitis is in fact with warm compresses to the eyes perhaps three or four times daily. If drops are prescribed you shouldn’t share them or save them for use later on. Chances are the applicator might be contaminated.

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Tracy has seen firsthand how rapidly children can pass around pinkeye. They touch their eyes and they touch the toys and even though we sanitize everything it is contagious. Relief should be in sight with time and proper treatment.

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