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TV's Costas Opens Eyes To Pink Eye
NBC thought everything would be perfect for its Olympics broadcasts until its main host came down with pink eye. It's an Olympic size distraction ruining Bob Costas' moment to shine! Doctors say this is one ailment that's hard to avoid.
Dr. Ross Tobleman, medical director of the emergency department at Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock says, "It's out in the community and you can get it by touching a doorknob that has the virus on it and then rubbing your eye. You can get it if you're in close contact with somebody and they sneeze on you or cough on you."
The most common pink eye -- or "conjunctivitis" as doctors call it -- comes from a virus. Viral pink eye is accompanied by a clear discharge. Bacterial pink eye is the one you treat with antibiotics. It has a darker, more pronounced discharge.
Dr. Tobleman adds, "If you have bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, it starts on one eye and very commonly moves over to the other eye just because it's not hard to rub your eyes especially if you wear glasses. You're always touching your face."
What's the best thing you can do if you have pink eye? Keep it to yourself! You shouldn't send your kids to school if they have it because it's just so easy to transmit to other kids. And you certainly don't want to be spreading it around an Olympic village.
So how do you know when you're no longer contagious? The Mayo Clinic says when the tear-ing and discharge are no longer present, it's ok to return to school or work.
By Fred Cantu