(KMOV.com) -- Eye doctors in St. Louis say there is a severe strain of "pink eye" going around the St. Louis region.
Physicians at Ophthalmology Associates in St. Louis said they are seeing approximately 10 to 20 cases a week in kids and adults. Physicians said, normally, they would only see one to two cases a week, but this strain is highly contagious and severe.
Eye specialists say you can catch "pink eye" by simply touching affected items. Both viral and bacterial "pink eye" can be air-borne and spread easily. Symptoms of "pink eye" include: red or pink-colored skin around the eye, swelling of the eye, itching, irritation and burning.
Health officials say the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands often throughout your day, never share wash cloths, towels or pillows and do not share eye drops or cosmetic products. It is also a good idea to not touch your eyes without washing your hands first.
There is some bad news if you manage to get this current strain of "pink eye." Physicians say it is not treatable with antibiotics and can take two to three weeks to run its course.