Health Office Information About Pink Eye

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Health Office Information About Pink Eye
Elisia Brodeur

Dear SSIS Parents,

The Health Office would like to share information on conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye.” This is typical during the rainy season. Pink eye is highly contagious if caused by a virus or bacteria. Here is some information should your child or someone in your household develop symptoms.

What is conjunctivitis or "pink eye"?

  • Redness and swelling of the white part of the eye caused by a bacteria, virus, or allergen

Symptoms:

  • Itching or irritation of the eye
  • Increased tear production
  • Red or pink color to the white part of the eye
  • Yellow/green drainage from the eye
  • Crustiness to the eyelids upon waking in the morning

How does it spread?

  • Person to person, such as shaking the hand of a infected person then rubbing your eyes
  • Contact with droplets of a cough or sneeze from a sick person
  • Touching a contaminated surface then touching your face/rubbing your eyes

Prevention:

  • Proper hand hygiene
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes with unclean hands
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as pillows, eye drops, makeup or makeup brushes
  • Cleaning high-touch surfaces like tables, countertops, door handles, or faucets if someone in your household has pink eye

What to do if you or your child has symptoms?

  • Stay home if you have eye redness, discharge, crusting of the eyelids, or other symptoms of pink eye
  • Seek advice from a medical provider to determine the cause and if treatment is needed
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
  • Do not reuse disposable contacts that may be contaminated
  • Wear glass instead of contact lenses until symptoms resolve
  • Dispose of eye makeup or makeup brushes that may be contaminated

What to do if you or your child are diagnosed with pink eye:

  • Follow the medical provider's orders for care
  • Notify your divisional nurse and provide the doctor's note to show when you can return school

Sincerely,

Nicol Stevens,
Health Office Manager

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