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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, BSN, NCSN

 

December 2015 Tiger Times