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A NOTE FROM OUR NURSE ~ February 2017


Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the thin tissue covering the white part of the eye. Bacteria and allergies
are the most common causes. Allergic conjunctivitis is more common in the fall and the spring and bacterial
conjunctivitis is more common during the winter months. Allergic conjunctivitis causes itching, redness and
tearing and usually affects both eyes. Bacterial conjunctivitis causes red or pink, itchy or painful eyes, a thick
discharge, possible crusting upon awakening and may affect one or both eyes. Bacterial conjunctivitis is very
contagious so students with these symptoms should be kept home and seen by their pediatrician who may
order antibiotic drops or ointment. Students may return to school with a note from the pediatrician stating
that they have begun treatment and are no longer contagious or that their symptoms were not caused by an
infection. As always, thorough hand washing prevents the spread of infection and should be encouraged.
Thanks for your help in keeping our Tashua School community healthy and infection free!

Susan Quigley, RN, NCSN

Tiger Times February 2017