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This is information about conjunctivitis. This is commonly known as “PINK EYE”.

Symptoms may include
* Itchy, burning, watery eyes
* Sensitivity to light
* Clear to pus-like discharge from the eye
* Crusted or sealed eye lids upon awakening
* Redness of the white lining of the eye

Diagnosis:
* Confirmed by health care provider

Causes
* Conjunctivitis may be caused by a bacteria, virus, or allergen
* Direct contact with an infected person
* Indirect contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

Treatment
* Consult healthcare provider
* Eye medication may be prescribed depending on the cause
* Medication should be given a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school

Prevention
* Child should use own towel and wash cloth
* Remind child to avoid touching/rubbing their eyes and wash hands frequently

If your child develops symptoms similar to those of conjunctivitis, please keep your child home from school, contact your healthcare provider, and inform the school nurse of a confirmed case. Remember that good hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of communicable disease.