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Mayo Health looks for other ways to treat pink eye

LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WKBT) - Mayo Health is changing their protocol to treat conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye. 

Instead of using anti-biotics to treat the condition, Mayo Health is using comfort care to alleviate any pain for pink eye, and letting the body cure itself. 

Mayo is following a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, advising those with pink eye to not take any antibiotics. 

Recent developments of "superbugs," bacteria that is resistant to anti-biotics, have led to some trying to use fewer anti-biotics to slow the resistance some bacteria are evolving into. 

Also a part of their treating protocol, the hospital advises if a child has pink-eye, there's no need to keep them out of school or daycare.

"It isn't a reason to stay home. So just like we let a kid go to school with a cold or runny nose, they can go to school with pink eye," explained Mayo Pediatrician Jennifer Brumm. 

Gundersen Health agrees that antibiotics should not be used for colds or pink eye, but advises a child should still stay home when first contacting the illness. 

"Given how highly contagious pink eye is, it's probably in the student’s best interest and the child's best interest to stay home. We know some kids can't keep their hands to their selves so they're going to be touching everything," explained Megan Meller, Infection Preventionist for Gundersen Health.

Gundersen currently does treat pink eye, to slow any possible contagion.

Both hospitals do urge if a child is running a fever, or is uncomfortable to the point where they cannot focus at school, they should stay home. 

 

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