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Itchy, Irritated Eyes? It Could Be Pinkeye

Summary: Do you suffer from red irritated eyes, itchiness or swelling in your eyes? It could be conjunctivitis, better known as pinkeye.
Air Date: 2/14/14
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Lorraine Metzler, MD
Dr. Lorrie Metzler, a Tulane University alumnus from New Orleans, LA, is a member of the "Spokesperson Network," of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Metzler is on the staff of East Jefferson General Hospital, and currently airs weekly as the medical expert for the New Orleans Fox Radio Broadcast, 99.5 FM.
Itchy, Irritated Eyes? It Could Be Pinkeye
Sports broadcaster, Bob Costas, recently brought national attention to pinkeye during the Winter Olympics. He was the butt of the joke on many late night talk programs; however, pinkeye and eye infections are nothing to take lightly.

Pinkeye or conjunctivitis is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the membrane lining of the eyelid. Symptoms include red irritated eyes, itchiness, swelling and watery eyes.

Pinkeye can be extremely contagious and you should seek consultation from a physician if you have any symptoms you feel may be an infection. Be prepared and have a history of what occurred and when. A vision exam may be necessary.

Knowing your symptoms is important as there are different forms of pinkeye, including Herpetic Conjunctivitis (herpes of the eye).

Costas's eye infection probably was more likely Periocular Celuitis, which is an infection of the skin surrounding the eye and can be treated with eye drops and oral antibiotics.

If your symptoms persist seek Opthamologist.

And ladies...if you have pinkeye, throw out that makeup! Better safe, than sorry.

In this segment, Dr. Lorrie Metzler discusses pinkeye and eye infections, as well as important information should you start to see red.