Yep. It’s that time of year again. Sniffling, sneezing, coughing and pink eye abounds. It’s that last one that strikes fear into every mother and school teacher. Why do cases of pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, increase as the temperatures decrease? Many doctors suspect that it’s due to spending more time indoors where people are in closer contact with each other. Read on to find out how to protect yourself and your family.
HOW DO WE GET PINK EYE? The process is simple: someone with a cold touches their nose or mouth. They then touch an object, like a door knob. Unsuspectingly, we come along, touch that same object and then touch our eyes. Bam! We’re contaminated. At first, the symptoms start in one eye – redness, watery, colored discharge, blurred vision, stinging and irritation are the most common complaints. These symptoms can last from one to two weeks.
- Wash your hands before touching your eyes, mouth or nose
- Do not share items used by an infected person: for example, makeup, pillows, towels
- Wash your hands frequently
- Wash pillows, towels, etc
- Stop using contact lenses until okayed by your doctor
- Don’t use swimming pools
- Replace all makeup; used contact lenses, solutions and cases once you’ve recovered