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Bob Costas Eye: What Is Pink Eye?

What's the Deal With Bob Costas and His Pink Eye?

Pink eye is plaguing NBC commentator Bob Costas, and now his embattled left eye even has its own Twitter account. More commonly occurring in the preschool set, conjunctivitis causes inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids forcing contacts wearers to don glasses.

Most often, the pink eye is caused by a virus, but it can also result from allergies or bacteria. Viral versions of conjunctivitis are highly contagious and tend to spread, particularly among children; bacterial pink eye can also be contagious, but allergy-prompted pink eye isn't. Symptoms include redness, pain, itching, sensitivity, blurry vision, watering, and a gritty feeling in the eyeball. Bacterial conjunctivitis is usually cured with antibiotics like eye drops, but viral and allergic conjunctivitis should clear up on its own. Use a warm compress over closed eyes to soothe the discomfort.

As with most things, pink eye prevention starts with good hygiene; be sure to wash your hands, especially after a chance of contamination and before handling contact lenses. You can also prevent pink eye by changing pillowcases frequently and not sharing eye makeup, towels, or handkerchiefs with other people. It's also a good idea to keep the hand-eye contact to a minimum.

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Allytta Allytta 7 years
i was just wondering why is so common in US and not so much for example in Russia? Never heard of it except for american shows and movies and I'm the kind who reads medical journals and watches medical shows. The same with autism.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 7 years
i have had success treating my pink eye with a mixture of j&j baby shampoo and water. 1 part shampoo to 10 parts water. use a q-tip to clean the eye - making sure you use a new q-tip for each swipe on the eye and the warm compress will help with the pain.
nancita nancita 7 years
I had it once as a kid. I remember having to keep my eyes shut while wearing a warm compress and listening to books on tape. I was sort of a dork.
ecel4687 ecel4687 7 years
I thought I had pink eye this summer and used some drops my dad had from when he previously had conjunctivitis. BAD IDEA. if you think you might have pink eye SEE A DOCTOR. I turned out to have a corneal ulcer and it was not a fun experience. Also, it turned out that all my self-medicating did was decrease redness and convince me it was going away so I didn't need to see a doctor. My eye is fine now and I learned my lesson about self-medicating.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I was getting it frequently since moving to NYC. I used to rub my eyes a lot from allergies, and I would end up with pink eye every few months. Luckily my dad is a pharmacist and gave me loads of different types of medication so I can take care of it when it randomly pops up. I also wash my eye area and lashes every morning, and wear glasses when I go out if it's windy.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
A couple years ago I had a cold that gave me a terrible ear infection, sinus infection and pink eye. That was fun.
any any 7 years
i have had it twice once at school i was like 11, and in 2008 both of them were viral, one of my sister got it and then everyone at the house was infected
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 7 years
Jeez, when I was a kid it seemed like I got it every year. Now I'm in my 30s and haven't had it in a while.... knock on wood!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I've had pink eye a lot. I never know how I pick it up because I'm super anal about touching my eyes unless I've just washed my hands. Usually I take a few days and sit at home with some eyedrops from the doctor. Cellulitis is worse though.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I had it once when I was in high school. I think what I had was a bacterial case--I had my contact lenses with me at summer camp and I wasn't judicious as far as caring for them. I just tossed that pair of contacts and got antibiotic drops for my eyes and once it was cleared up, I opened new lenses. I'll add something to your synopsis--"pink eye" due to allergies doesn't usually produce the pus-like discharge that you get with viral and bacterial versions. Also, if you have a really bad sinus infection, you can get pink-eye-like symptoms because your tears can't drain properly.
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