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treatment. You just have to let the virus run its course, which is usually four to seven days.


Check your daycare or school’s policy to find out whether your child can attend while displaying pinkeye symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests it’s not always necessary to exclude a child from daycare or school because of pinkeye, but each facility has its own rules. Some allow children to return after 24 hours of treatment, while others don’t let them come back until they no longer have any eye discharge.


Here are some ways you can help relieve symptoms of conjunctivitis:


Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a very common condition in children. It causes red, irritated, sticky eyes. Its main symptom is swelling and redness of the clear layer (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye and the lining of the eyelids. Pinkeye is very contagious, and breakouts can sweep through preschools and playgrounds quickly.


Pinkeye is usually caused by an infection (bacterial or viral); this is called infective conjunctivitis. If your child’s eyes are producing a thick yellow discharge that causes the eyelids to swell or stick together, bacteria such as staphylococcus, streptococcus or hemophilus are probably to blame. Pinkeye can also be caused by an allergic reaction, called allergic conjunctivitis. This type of conjunctivitis is not contagious. Triggers include animal dander, grass, ragweed pollen and dust mites. Symptoms can be an itchy, runny nose, sneezing and watery, itchy eyes. The symptoms can last from two days to three weeks.


Other pinkeye symptoms include irritation or a gritty feeling in the eye; redness of the white part of the eye; milky, pus-like or clear discharge; swelling of the eyelids; and crusting of the eyelids or eyelashes. Take your child to the doctor as soon as any of these symptoms are visible. Pinkeye caused by a virus usually goes away without any treatment, while pinkeye caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotic eye drops, ointment or pills. Most viral pinkeye cases have no specific

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HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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