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Conjunctivitis is making an appearance in mid-Michigan this week.

Linda Eckerson, nurse practitioner at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine, is treating it.

Symptoms include: redness in the white of the eye and inner eye, watery eyes, thick or yellow discharge, itchy or burning eyes and blurry vision.

See your doctor if you have those symptoms. He or she may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or pills for about a week.

At home, artificial tears may help relieve symptoms. If your pink eye is caused by allergies, take anthistamines.

Anyone with pink eye must stop wearing contacts.

Avoid applying eye makeup. Throw away any eye makeup you've been using and buy new.

Conjunctivitis is highly contagious.

If you have a young infant with recurrent pink eye or persistent eye tearing, your child may have a blocked tear duct. That's a situation that should be closely monitored.


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