Childhood Diseases and Illnesses
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
- Caused by a bacteria, viruses and allergens.
- Symptoms include pink to red eyes with yellow, sticky discharge, swollen eyelids, increased tearing, burning, irritation/itchiness in eyes and often sensitivity to light, can accompany a cold or chest infection. Often the eyelids are stuck together in the morning requiring bathing in warm water to release the crusts.
- Contagious while there are symptoms.
- Spread by contact with contaminated articles or direct contact with the discharge from the eye(s).
- The period between exposure to the infection and the appearance of symptoms is usually 24 to 72 hours.
Instructions for Schools
- Does not need to be reported Peel Public Health.
- Exclude child if there is pus-like discharge from the eye(s) until at least 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic treatment.
- Promote hand washing (PDF).
- Avoid sharing towels or eye makeup.
- Do not use swimming pools.
- Conjunctivitis caused by a virus or allergy is milder, without pus, not infectious and child does not need to be excluded.
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