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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

drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
reply about 12 hours
drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
reply about 12 hours
rainbowpoptart
There's a Dear Dish-It section for questions like this. (: But to answer it anyway: BREAK UP WITH HIM! Stop being friends with who he cheated on you with. Move on and find someone better for you. Don't let it ruin your life. Neither of them are worth your time, there are much better people out there. Because you're only 10, though, I would definitely advise not focusing too much on any more romantic relationships. Work on preparing for your future; boyfriends can wait a while.
reply 1 day
Pinklilylane
So my Bf cheated on me for my bff. Know they won't even talk to me. I don't know what to do. Can you tell me what to do?
reply 2 days
PitbullLover777
You should definitely tell your mom - gently, and slowly - be honest - and everything will be ok
reply 4 days