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MD Now® Urgent Care Releases Numbers of Pink Eye Cases Treated in South Florida
Patients seeking quick treatment to prevent spread of pink eye.
One out of every eight or nine children will come down with a case of pink eye each year and according to a 2012 Chicago Tribune article (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/
Internet searches for conjunctivitis and pink eye took a big leap after NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas appeared on camera with a puffy, red and partially closed eye a few days after the 2014 Winter Olympics began in Sochi. When the condition spread to both eyes, Costas step aside to let broadcast colleague Matt Lauer take the reigns. “As a highly contagious condition, it’s important to seek a medical evaluation early to ensure it’s not something much more serious,” explained Lamelas.
While pain is a common symptom of pink eye, physicians look for other signs like:
· Burning, itchy or a gritty feeling in the eye
· Thick, milky-white discharge from the eye
· Eyes that are difficult to open due to the “gooey” discharge that results in a crusted layer around the eyes
· Swelling of eye
· Pink or redness in the whites of the eyes
Preventing the spread of pink eye to family members and school or work mates is important. MD Now physicians suggest that those with conjunctivitis wash hands frequently or use an alcohol sanitizer, discontinue touching the affected eye to prevent spreading pink eye to others, remove and discard disposable contact lenses and discard make-up during the infection.
About MD Now Urgent Care Centers
MD NOW® Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers, the leading provider of urgent care medical services in Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade County, Florida, offering urgent care, primary care, occupational medicine, physical therapy and comprehensive healthcare services. MD NOW® Urgent Care has multiple convenient locations, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 365 days/year. Call; 888-MDNow-911, online; www.MyMDNow.com.
Peter Lamelas, MD, MBA, FACEP