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Health Tip: Avoid Spreading Pinkeye

Last Updated: October 11, 2012.

(HealthDay News) -- Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious infection that causes eye redness, discharge and irritation.

The Nemours Foundation suggests how parents and children can help prevent the infection's spread:

  • Teach your child to wash hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.
  • Never let children share eye drops, pillow cases, towels/washcloths, tissues or eye makeup.
  • After you've treated an infected child's eyes, immediately and carefully wash your own hands.
  • Safely discard any gauze or cotton balls used to clean your child's eye.
  • Wash your child's linens in very hot water separately from the rest of the family's laundry.
  • For children who get allergic conjunctivitis, frequently vacuum your home, and keep windows closed when outdoor allergen counts are high.

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