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Red Eye (Viral Conjunctivitis)

We have been seeing a number of cases of red eye over the last few weeks and have been hearing about some unconventional treatments that are being advised

Red eye, also called pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) is the inflammation (ie, redness, swelling) of the thin tissue covering the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids.  

Signs and Symptoms of Pinkeye?

The very pink or red coloring that gives the infection its nickname is a telltale sign of pinkeye. It’s also usual to have discomfort in the eye, which may feel itchy or gritty. Often, there’s some discharge from the eye, and pain and swelling of the conjunctiva. Pinkeye can affect one or both eyes.

Here is a link to an article that describes all types of conjunctivitis but what we are seeing is the viral conjunctivitis that usually clears on its own. No antibiotics or other treatments are needed.
Warm compresses are the best remedy to help ease the irritation. Do not put anything into the eye such as breastmilk, urine, tea or any other foreign substance.  These things may irritate the eye even more.
Generally speaking, it should be safe for you to return to work or for your child to return to school or to a day care center if the obvious symptoms of pink eye no longer are present — usually in three to seven days.