Can you swim with pink-eye?


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As pink-eye can be spread through the water, a person who is has pink-eye should not go swimming until the condition has cleared up, according to Kid's Health. This eye condition, also known as conjunctivitis, causes swelling of the eye's conjunctiva, and is highly contagious.

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Wearing swimming goggles or a mask with a seal can help to protect one’s eyes from being exposed to water that contains harmful bacteria and viruses that cause pink-eye. Unchlorinated or dirty swimming pools can increase the risk of being exposed to certain viruses, such as the rubeola virus, which can cause pink-eye or its recurrence. WebMD suggests that those experiencing the symptoms of pink-eye, such as yellow discharge, redness of the inner eye area, along with difficulty seeing, should contact their doctor for evaluation and treatment.

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