What's Going Around - June 2, 2009

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

When you're dealing with allergies, some common symptoms are watery, itchy eyes. It can be hard not to rub them. But that is exactly what is leading to a secondary infection in local kids.
This week, it is pink eye that is going around.

That's according to Dr. Michael Halenkamp with Colorado Springs Health Partners. He's in the Briargate area.

He says he's seeing an increased rate of pink eye, or conjunctivitis, right now because of allergies. It’s easy to catch if you’ve been around someone who has it and then you rub your eyes.

Here's what to look for in your child when allergies have turned into pink eye: Itchy, scratchy eyes, redness, swelling of the eye lids, watery discharge and sensitivity to light.

Here's what to do about it. In bacterial conjunctivitis, like Dr. Halenkamp is seeing, you may need antibiotics to help get rid of the infection.

You can also wash the eyes gently with a clean towel. But make sure you don't share any towels, washcloths or pillows with anyone, because pink eye spreads easily.

And, as always, wash your hands often.

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