Conjuctivitis or Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an inflammation of the lining of the eyelids and white part of the eye. The eyes may be bloodshot and red in appearance and the eyelids swollen. Your child may complain of burning, itching, sensitivity to light or a feeling of roughness under the eyelids. You will see thick, yellow drainage from the eyes and the eyelids may be stuck together in the morning.
Conjunctivitis is easily spread. Rubbing of the eyes can cause spreading to the other eye. To avoid this, wipe the infected eye gently from the inner corner to outside edge. To reduce the spread to others, keep his or her face cloth and towels separate, use careful hand washing techniques and keep them out of school until the redness and drainage disappears, or they are cleared by a health care professional, such as a medical doctor (MD), nurse practitioner (NP), physician’s assistant (PA), or other authorized health care provider.
Conjunctivitis may be caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergy. It is important that your child be evaluated by a doctor for diagnosis and proper treatment if needed. The student may return to school if the symptoms disappear or if the doctor writes a note stating that the child is not contagious.
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