Its the Olympics! The thrill of victory, the agony of…Pink Eye?
The medical term for “Pink Eye” is Conjunctivitis. However even this medical term only describes describes an eye that is red and inflamed but not the cause of the redness. Proper treatment depends on understanding the cause of the conjunctivitis. For instance conjunctivitis can be bacterial in origin which can be treated with antibiotic eye drops. Conjunctivitis can also be caused by viruses (similar to a cold, or a virus more severe like influenza). In these cases sometimes anti-viral drops are therapeutic, and sometimes the virus just needs to run its course. Conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergies which is not a contagious situation and can be treated effectively with many different types of drops.
So which kind of conjunctivitis does Olympian Kerri Walsh have? Our powers of deduction tell us it is probably not allergic because of its highly contagious nature (Kerri’s husband also has a severe case and she has been avoiding physical contact with her children and teammate). It is probably not bacterial in origin either because this type is quite rare and treatable with drops . Kerri most likely has a viral infection and it also sounds like the more severe kind because the doctors told her recovery could take 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately ,this will make her very light sensitive and possibly hamper her abilities to perform at this elite level. Hopefully , “The Pink ” will not hinder Kerri’s chances at “The Gold”!
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