Most Shared

Health News

Health News

 
text size

HEALTH NEWS: Bob Costas unable to broadcast from Olympics due to 'pink eye'

Updated: Wednesday, February 12 2014, 07:06 PM CST
Bob Costas will miss broadcasting from the Olympics  for the first time in 157 strait Olympic nights because apparently *Pink Eye* has spread from one eye to the other.

Doctor  Michelle Howell  is an optometrist who has treated plenty of patients with pink eye -- or conjunctivitis as it's also known:

It's actually a viral infection, highly contagious that makes your eye red, swollen or tearing, there's no actual mucus discharge, if you have that then it's bacterial, not viral.

While no-one has confirmed what kind Costas has,
Doctor Howell says like any virus it usually has to run it's course- and the fact that it's spread from one eye to the other?

That's actually very normal it usually starts in one eye and spreads to the other, because when you lay on your pillow or wash your face, everything is easily transferred from one eye to the other, so usually it starts in one eye goes to the other and it's about 14 days before it's totally gone./ really --but is there a point where it's not contagious and just looks bad?
Usually that's at about a week.

A trip to the pharmacy might be needed for  artificial tears or steriod drops for viral conjunctivitis --to ease symptoms.

Antibiotics treat the bacterial infection.
So here is what you need to know about it, if you think you might be getting pink eye, if you notice someone around you has it, that's one of the main reasons handwashing is recommended. It's also important to note that while you can get treatment from a primary care doctor or even an urgent care facility,  An eye doctor may be a really important part of your treatment team

Doctor Howell says that's because an eye specialist has  has  equiptment such as the kind you see here  that allows for a dye in the eye, and magnification to be sure you get a proper diagnosis, which may or may not be pink eye.

So if there's any scratches, ulcers, you can see them very easily so they glow a different color.

It's suggested you don't go more than 24 hours without seeing an eye care professional, if you think you might have pink eye.
Contact lenses also need to be removed for 24 hours if you think you have pink eye. We have a link for more information on line: 
For more health related information just click here


HEALTH NEWS: Bob Costas unable to broadcast from Olympics due to 'pink eye'


Advertise with us!

Health Watch

  [ - ] Video Stories Only  [ - ] Text Stories Only  [ + ] Show All

ABC National Health News

Family Raises $500K in 15 Days to Save Daughter
If your child's life depended on you raising $2 million, could you do it?
Meet 5 Incredible 'Bionic' Pets
These amazing animals have prosthetic limbs.
The 'Six Million Dollar Man' No Longer Costs $6 Million
He'd be much cheaper to rebuild today.
15 Natural Back Pain Remedies
Talk to your doc about these 15 expert-approved natural back pain remedies, and find out if they are safe and appropriate for you.
HIV Turns 30 Today
It’s been 30 years since scientists revealed the cause of AIDS: a shifty retrovirus that would come to be known as HIV.
A Close-up Look at Acupuncture for Pain
A close up look at acupuncture for relief of chronic pain.
'Anti-Thigh Gap' Jeans a Hit With the Muscle Set
Barbell Jeans are for athletes.
Girl Mauled by Raccoon Leaves Hospital With Ear on Arm
An 11-year-old girl who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby is back home today after a seven-hour surgery to embed a makeshift ear in her arm.
Surprising Bacteria That Live on Your Money
Germs are an unavoidable part of life. No matter how many times you sanitize, there’s always another door knob, public space, or bathroom you’re bound to come in contact with. But do you sanitize every time you slip a few bills into or out of your wallet? A recent study conducted by New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology identified 3,000 types of bacteria on dollar bills from a Manhattan bank. Most of the bacteria were unsurprisingly microbes found on the skin, while others matched those found in mouths, and even some in vaginas.
Runner Killed by Allegedly Drunken Driver Honored With Sneaker Memorial
Sneaker memorial for runner Meg Cross Menzies to grace Boston Marathon course.
Why Incredible Story of Stowaway Teen Is Raising Eyebrows
Experts discuss how -- and if -- someone can survive at 35,000 feet for five hours in a plane's wheel well.
Brothers Get Wheelchair-Friendly Playground
Boy with cerebral palsy can now play on a nearby playground with his brothers.
Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Represent With Finish Line Selfie
Jeff Bauman and Adrianne Haslet-Davis posed for a selfie at the Boston Marathon.
Kids Get Codeine in ER Despite Risks
The opiate drug can have serious side effects.
Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, Study Finds
Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Laugh it off! New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults.
Why Your Spouse May Be 'Hangry' for a Fight
The link between marital discord and hunger pangs.
Dangers of Vaccine Hesitancy Explained in 10 Tweets
Many parents hesitate to vaccinate their children because of safety concerns.
Watch: Researchers Identify HIV Virus: April 23, 1984
Health and Human Services officials referred to the virus as "HTLV-3" during a 1984 news conference.
Watch: Dog Digs With Prosthetic Paw
Brooke the black Lab uses her prosthetic paw to dig up her favorite ice treats.
Watch: Scientists Engineer Lab-Grown Vaginas
Four women with a genetic condition took part in a ground-breaking study.
Watch: Baby Can't Open Mouth in Medical Mystery
Video shows doctors assessing Wyatt Scott's ability to swallow.
Watch: 8 Mumps Cases Reported at NJ College
Stevens Institute of Technology reports eight cases despite students having been fully vaccinated.
Top 4 Foods for Spring
Right now grocery stores and farmers markets are coming alive with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here are a few spring foods that you don’t want to miss.
Top 3 Foods for a Longer Life
Here are three foods that could help you live longer.
How to Get Healthy for Less Money
In the quest to stay healthy and happy, nothing is free: $350 to fill a cavity, $120 for a monthly gym membership, $30 for a yoga class. But you don't need to go broke just to be at your best. The key to paying less? Asking for it.
5 Do-It-Yourself Hangover Helpers
Have you heard about the Hangover Heaven Bus in Las Vegas? For $45 and up, it’ll pick you up after a night of hard drinking, give you oxygen, hook you up to an IV (with a proprietary blend of vitamins and medicines) and inject you with mega doses of vitamin B, in a bus decorated more like a nightclub lounge than a doctor’s office.
 

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here

Navigation

Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Advertise with us!

Tonight on ABC 3

06:30PM Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
07:00PM The Middle
07:30PM Suburgatory
08:00PM Modern Family
08:31PM Mixology
09:00PM Nashville
10:00PM Channel 3 News

Complete ABC 3 Schedule