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WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Pink Eye

By: Ninette Sosa
By: Ninette Sosa

Pink eye affects people of all ages, and is more common in the winter when people spend more time indoors.

In today's Health Minute, Ninette Sosa gives us advice on what to do if you or a loved one gets the condition.

Baby Finn Hinkel has pink eye, an inflammation or infection of the eye that can make it look pink and crusty.

"Pink eye can have many different causes ranging from just simple irritation from a speck of dust to being caused by a virus. Allergies can cause it. Also, bacteria can cause pink eye."

"Sometimes the lids will be so crusty that he's not able to open his eye."

But that clears up with a little cleaning.

"Most cases of pink eye will go away on their own even if you don't treat it, and sometimes just using a cool compress is enough to make it go away. However, if it gets worse and worse, then using an antibiotic ointment or drops or sometimes even oral antibiotics will be necessary."

Pink eye is often quite contageous but you can help prevent it from spreading by following some simple steps.

"Really good hand washing, keeping a child out of school or daycare until their symptoms go away, and avoid sharing objects like wash cloths."

Some babies, like Finn, get pink eye because of infections caused by a blocked tear duct. Both mom and doctor are hoping he will outgrow it.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Ninette Sosa.


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