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posted May 25, 2012, 10:19 AM by Unknown user

Many children and adults in Leicester, Whiting and Sudbury have conjunctivitis, or inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid.  Viruses are the most common cause and this “pink eye” is especially contagious among children.  Signs & symptoms include:

· blurred vision

· crusts that form overnight

· eye pain

· gritty feeling in the eye

· itching of the eye

· redness in the eyes (usually one at a time)

· sensitivity to light


Spread and re-infection are common in households/schools if preventive measures are not followed.  Good hygiene prevents contagion.

· Change pillowcases often.

· Do not share eye cosmetics; replace regularly.

· Do not share towels or handkerchiefs.

· Handle and clean contact lenses properly.

· Keep hands away from the eye.

· HAVE YOUR OWN TOWEL TO USE.

· WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN.

If signs & symptoms last longer than 3-4 days, see a health care provider.

Nurse Daphne, RNESU
itinerant School Nurse

 

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