Conjunctivitis aka "Pink Eye" not only affect kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/20/10

Conjunctivitis aka "Pink Eye" not only affect kids

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It's called conjunctivitis, but most parents know it as "Pink Eye" and it's not just for kids, that itchy, pink eye problem can irritate people of all ages. Symptoms can include itching, redness, tearing and a discharge from the eye that may look yellow. 

Dr. Victoria Cornelius, M.D., says the most important thing you can do is probably the hardest thing to remember and that's keep your hands off your eyes.  Pink eye is highly contagious and if you rub your eyes, you're just spreading the germs.

"It's a delicate organ, so we don't recommend that. We recommend warm packs to the eye to clear the secretions," said Dr. Cornelius, M.D., with Internal Medicine.

True pink eye, she says, usually gets worse during the first few days and then may take weeks to clear up.  Kids are not allowed in school with pink eye.  Dr. Cornelius says teach your kids that one of the best ways to prevent pink eye, is the same way you fight a cold, by washing your hands.

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