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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by toastandtea, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. toastandtea

    toastandtea New commenter

    Does bacterial conjunctivitis warrant staying off school for a day as a teacher? Waking up eye crusted together with the gunk, sore etc. NHS website says no need to stay off but lots of other sites say it’s highly contagious?
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Well I was told by doctor to send my kids back to school when they had it.(was some years ago now)
    Have you got some drops?
    I think there is less chance of you passing it on, as an adult as you are less likely to rub your eyes and then touch other people.
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I didn't have time off when I was infested with it a while back.
    It was a pain keeping the drops in a fridge while I was at school and remembering to take them home at the end of the day.
    I hope it clears up soon.
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  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Go with the NHS guidance. You don't need to avoid work unless you are feeling very unwell.
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  5. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    If its a proper bad infection, it can affect vision, and lighting can hurt etc, so consider the impact if that especially if driving. Personally yes I would probably take a day off because I have such trouble with eyes I woukd stay home and rest them.
    But I don't think there's a 'should ' or 'shouldnt'.
  6. tall tales

    tall tales New commenter

    Not usually
  7. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I was signed off by a doctor for a couple of days when I had it - he explained it is usually something you succumb to when very run down, so he felt I needed a couple of days in bed.
    But I would think it's your choice.
    I hope you feel better soon.
  8. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    I would stay off
  9. toastandtea

    toastandtea New commenter

    I took a day off yesterday but was back in today and really wish I hadn’t come back in as I’m completely wiped now, utterly exhausted. My eye is absolutely killing, splitting headache and just feel completely run down. Not exactly conducive with teaching eh!
  10. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    When I was signed off with conjunctivitis, the Dr said "You will feel bad. One of your organs is septic."
    Sorry to hear you feel so rough tough. Can you have a quiet weekend?
  11. toastandtea

    toastandtea New commenter

    Oh blimey!
    Nah no quiet weekend unfort, my 1yr old daughter has just come out of having conjunctivitis and has bronchiolitis and she only wants me which really doesn’t help
  12. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Any illness can affect different people in different ways. If it was a fairly mild infection and I didn't look or feel too bad, I'd go to work. But if felt really rough and knew it would affect my concentration - or, I have to admit, if I looked like some of the kids I've seen with conjunctivitis - I'd stay home.
  13. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Have you tried Conjunctivitis .com?
    That's a site for sore eyes.

    (Tim Vine,
    but wish it was mine)

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