Monday Myths ~ Is It Pink Eye?

Has your little one ever woken up with a crusty, runny, bloodshot eye? Perhaps you’ve even experienced the same thing as a grown-up. It’s terrible and really miserable for the one who has contracted it.

But, there are myths that surround pink eye.

Thinking that pink eye, which is known in the medical world as conjunctivitis, can be spread only from someone else who has it is just one of the many myths about the condition. A virus can affect each person differently, causing conjunctivitis in one person and a respiratory infection in another. So what exactly is pink eye then?

Conjunctivitis is defined like this: The lining of the eyelid gets inflamed which can be caused by anything that inflames the tissues – irritants, like chemicals or dust, getting into the eye, allergies or a bacterial infection. In the case of irritants or allergies, the discharge from the eye is usually clear and watery and comes from both eyes. With a bacterial infection, which is the most common cause of conjunctivitis, a sticky substance is often present, yellow or green discharge pours from the eye, the area is often crusty and generally only one eye is affected.

In older children, pink eye is often caused by allergies, while younger children usually get it from a viral infection, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It’s best to check with your child’s pediatrician before diagnosing the problem. Whether it’s conjunctivits or allergies, your child’s doctor can advise you on how to help suppress the symptoms properly.

Foodie Friday

Pesto Chicken Florentine
This is SO delicious! A family favorite in our household. 

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into strips
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 (4.5 ounce) package dry Alfredo sauce mix
2 tablespoons pesto
1 (8 ounce) package dry penne pasta
1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, saute for 1 minute; then add chicken and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on each side. When chicken is close to being cooked through (no longer pink inside), add spinach and saute all together for 3 to 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare Alfredo sauce according to package directions. When finished, stir in 2 tablespoons pesto; set aside.
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
Add chicken/spinach mixture to pasta, then stir in pesto/Alfredo sauce. Mix well, top with cheese and serve.

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