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Protect Yourself Against Pink Eye!

Having pink eye doesn't mean you're looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. It's actually a really gross eye infection that you need to know about. Get the 411 right here.

Pink Eye - What Is It?

Pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the clear membrane that covers the sclera (the white part of the eye) and lines the inside of the eyelids. The correct name for this eye infection is conjunctivitis, but people call it pink eye because your eye turns pink or red. Though it can be pretty uncomfortable, pink eye won't affect your vision!

Pink Eye - What Causes It?

Pink eye is usually triggered by an allergic reaction, or when you come into contact with a virus or bacteria.

  • Viral conjunctivitis is spread by contagious viruses, including many that cause the common cold.
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by pyogenic bacteria (that's the kind of bacteria that makes pus).
  • Allergic conjunctivitis is more common in kids who have allergies. It's caused by an allergic reaction, usually to dust, pollen, make-up or perfume.

Pink Eye - What Are the Symptoms?

You already know that your eye turns pink, but here's what else you need to look out for.

  • Itchy, watery eyes.
  • A gritty feeling, like there's sand in your eyes - but there isn't.
  • A fluid discharge that can turn crusty.
  • Swollen eyelids.
  • Sensitivity to bright light.

Pink Eye - How Is It Treated?

Pink eye can clear up on its own, but it's best to see a doctor and get a prescription for antibiotic eye drops. You should see an improvement after a couple of days of treatment, even though it can take up to two weeks to clear up completely.

Pink Eye - How Can I Prevent It?

Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are contagious, which means you can get it when you come into direct contact with someone who has pink eye or with something that person has touched, like a towel or tissue. To prevent pink eye and other eye infections, wash your hands frequently, don't touch or rub your eyes, and don't share make-up, eye drops, towels and washcloths.

Pink Eye - Did U Know?

  • Pink eye is one of the top reasons why kids miss school.

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Have You Ever Had Pink Eye?

  • Yeah, I've had it a few times.
  • Um, I'm not sure.
  • No, and I hope I never do!

Dear Dish-It In The Forums

JazzyRox
so i have a crush on a kid that goes to my school, and i want to know if he likes me without asking him or telling him i like him. in my opinion i am WAYYYYY to young to date, and i don't want to start any time soon, i just want to know if he has a crush on me.  please give me some advise or something on how to tell if your crush likes you. and i know that there are loads of youtube videos about this, but i guess i want it to be directly to me, idk.  please help  ~ JazzyRox
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-Oracle- posted in Friends:
"country_girl19" wrote:Dear Dish-it,                         Me and my friend just started talking again, and it seems like she regrets it. She'll leave me for the people she has only known for a couple of months, when I've been friends with her for a year. Also, she gets annoyed with me, and I don't know what to do. As much as we like to be besides our good friends, we also need our alone time and personal space. Don't think that she's regretting her friendship with you because I'm sure you guys share some precious memories together. Maybe she just wants her own space for a while and making new friends is her way of finding herself. Just give her some time.
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Friends:
"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
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WatermelonCurlz
OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
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