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How can I prevent the spread of pink eye?

Infectious forms of pink eye are highly contagious and are spread by direct contact with infected people. If you or your child has infectious pink eye, avoid touching the eye area and wash your hands frequently, particularly after applying medications to the eye area. Never share towels or handkerchiefs, and throw away tissues after each use. Disinfecting surfaces like countertops, sinks, and doorknobs can also help prevent the spread of infectious pink eye.

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Comment from: MJP, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 06

I'm a mother whose 2 year old got it from school. I had her and her 5 year old sister at home for 4 days for a holiday, so we stayed at home. During that time, I changed their pillowcases (and mine, in case she laid on my bed) as soon as their heads left them after nap and bedtime, and washed any laundry item either of them touched immediately. I pretty much had the washer going straight for a couple of hours each day. I disinfected the toys they played with at the end of the day, washed the stuffed favorites, and made them wash their hands multiple times (every time they were near the sink or anything). It was a lot of work, but nobody else caught it.

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