Family Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at DeWitt Family Medicine, a partner of McLaren Greater Lansing, is treating conjunctivitis this week.
Symptoms include: redness, watery eyes, itchy eyes, blurry vision and thick, yellow discharge.
See a doctor if you have those symptoms. If it's bacterial pink eye, he or she will prescribe antibiotic eye drops or pills.
If it's viral pink eye, it has to run its course. Over-the-counter artificial tears, however, may help you feel better.
Avoid wearing contacts or eye makeup.
Conjunctivitis is very contagious. Don't rub or touch your eyes or share towels, linens or eye makeup. Keep kids home from daycare or school until symptoms are gone. Wash your hands frequently.