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Tips for Preventing, Coping With Pinkeye

Posted 30 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 28 – With children back in school, cases of a highly contagious infection called pinkeye (conjunctivitis) are likely to rise, an expert says. "This common medical condition is around all year. Since it can spread so easily it's more common when school is back is session and kids are in close contact and touching similar surfaces," Dr. Khalilah Babino, an urgent care physician at Loyola University Health System, said in a Loyola news release. Pinkeye is a hassle for students, parents and teachers, the release noted. The condition occurs when the conjunctiva – a membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and white portions of the eye – become red and swollen due to inflammation. "Contrary to popular belief pinkeye is not always due to a bacterial infection. It can also be caused by viruses, allergens and irritants. These types of conjunctivitis will typically ... Read more

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Health Tip: Should I See a Doctor for Pinkeye?

Posted 15 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is a common infection that can cause redness, itching, swelling and discharge. Typically, pinkeye is not serious, but there are some symptoms that require a doctor's attention. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pinkeye should be evaluated by a doctor if the infected person: Has severe or moderate pain in one or both eyes. Has sensitivity to light or blurred vision. Develops extreme redness in the eye. Has a weakened immune system. Has symptoms of a bacterial infection that don't begin to improve after 24 hours on an antibiotic. Has symptoms that continually worsen or don't get better. Has a preexisting eye condition that increases the risk of a more severe infection. Read more

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Health Tip: Identifying Pinkeye

Posted 5 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Conjunctivitis is an eye infection commonly called pinkeye. It's very common and is spread easily. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common symptoms of conjunctivitis include: Swelling and reddening of the whites of the eyes. Increased tear production. Discharge from the eyes that may be white, green or yellow. Eyes that burn, itch or feel sensitive to light. A gritty sensation in the eye. Crust development on the eyelids or lashes. Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Spreading Pinkeye

Posted 11 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious infection that causes eye redness, discharge and irritation. The Nemours Foundation suggests how parents and children can help prevent the infection's spread: Teach your child to wash hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly. Never let children share eye drops, pillow cases, towels/washcloths, tissues or eye makeup. After you've treated an infected child's eyes, immediately and carefully wash your own hands. Safely discard any gauze or cotton balls used to clean your child's eye. Wash your child's linens in very hot water separately from the rest of the family's laundry. For children who get allergic conjunctivitis, frequently vacuum your home, and keep windows closed when outdoor allergen counts are high. Read more

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Breast-Feeding for 6 Months May Prevent Infant Infections

Posted 28 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 28 – Children who derive all their nutrition from breast-milk during their first six months of life are less prone to a host of common infections, new Greek research says. And when infection strikes, the ensuing illness is typically less severe among children who are exclusively breast-fed (having ingested no substitute formula) in their first half year, the study authors stated. The research, led by Emmanouil Galanakis from the department of pediatrics at the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece, is published in the Sept. 28 online edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. In 2004, Galanakis and his colleagues looked at the feeding patterns and infection rates among nearly 1,000 Greek infants from birth to 1 year of age. All the infants had received their routine vaccinations and all were deemed to have access to high-quality health care. The study authors ... Read more

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