“Pinkeye can be very contagious,” says Shylaja Nuguri, MD, PhD, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. It can be bacterial, viral or allergic. Stop the spread by not touching or rubbing your eyes and by washing your hands often.
What else can you do to stop it from spreading? “Do not share towels and use a clean towel and pillow case every day until it is gone,” says Nuguri. Teenagers who use contact lenses or mascara should discard them and get new ones when they have pinkeye. Children should stay away from school or day care for 24 hours after starting treatment and until there is no more drainage from the eye.
Call your physician if your child has pinkeye with yellow drainage to get a prescription for antibiotic eye drops. Your child needs to see a physician immediately if there is severe pain with eye movement, light sensitivity, swelling and redness of the eyelids, fever or vision changes.
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