Reports of pink eye and strep throat are on the rise in adults in St. Louis this spring. Dr. Carter Fenton of Chesterfield's Total Access Urgent Care (TAUC) spoke with Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss whether these ailments are the effects of allergies, bacteria, or a virus. It can be all three, according to Dr. Fenton, and doctors can have difficulty determining which of the three is causing symptoms. Not all pink eye cases are contagious, according to Dr. Fenton—eyes which are very red but have a watery discharge are often symptomatic of allergic reactions.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, can potentially be linked to strep throat, caused by bacterial infection. The symptoms can mirror a simple sore throat attributed to a virus or allergies. A patient exhibiting a sore throat and red eyes may have a viral infection rather than strep throat.
Dr. Fenton has recently seen an increase in adult patients with strep throat, an illness generally associated with school-aged children. Washing hands frequently and avoiding touching the face are precautions that can keep you healthy.
If experiencing discomfort or symptoms, walk-in anytime to Total Access Urgent Care to be seen by the doctor on duty. TAUC is open seven days per week from 6am-10pm at the Webster Groves/Rock Hill location and 8am-8pm at the Town and Country, Chesterfield, South County, St. Louis Hills, and St. Charles locations. For more information call 314-656-7899 or visit www.TAUC.com.