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What's Going Around - October 16th

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Nurse Practitioner Christy Johnson from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says they've recently treated some cases of conjunctivitis or pink eye.

She says pink eye can be a bacterial or viral infection or the result of allergies.

According to Johnson, "Viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis may affect one or both eyes.  Viral conjunctivitis usually produces a watery discharge.  Bacterial conjunctivitis often produces a thicker, yellow-green discharge." 

Johnson says the most common symptoms are:

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • A gritty feeling in the eye
  • A discharge that forms a crust during the night
  • Tearing

Johnson says symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include the following:

  • Intense itching
  • Tearing and inflammation of the eyes
  • Sneezing
  • A watery nasal discharge

Johnson says conjunctivitis is highly contagious.  She says you should see a physician as soon as you notice symptoms, and if you wear contacts, remove them.