Pediatrics/pink eye

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My 8 year old son had a 103 fever  3 nights ago and yesterday he woke up with eyes irritated and red could he possibly have pink eye, should I take him to the doctor

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Hi, Jana,

The high fever in a child this age is what separates this out from an ordinary pink eye.  Most of this type of illness will be viral in nature, but other things come to mind and I think this is a good time to have him run by your doctor to see what is going on.

Good luck, Dr. Olson

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