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PHOENIX -

It's allergy season, and lots of folks are feeling that right now. But, it's also a season for pink eye. Doctors are seeing an increase in that right now as well.

"Gooey stuff!" is how little Raylee Hinton describes her eye.

Raylee had viral conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, and says her mom and dad had to take her to the doctor.

"He helped me fix my eye so it was better."

But then dad needed help too -- because pink eye is very contagious.

"About a day and a half after she got it, I started to itch my eye and woke up with the gunk and the goo and not very fun," says dad Travis Hinton.

"They do come in cycles. Nobody knows why, but certain times of the year that people get upper respiratory infections, pink eyes shows up," says Dr. Leeland Sherlock.

Dr. Leeland Sherlock at the Southwestern Eye Center says there's really only one way to treat it.

"Number one most important thing, wash your hands. The vast majority of it is spread through the hands to the face to the eyes. Lot of times we'll treat it with an antibiotic, that's for a secondary infection, but there's really not a lot of treatment for viruses. Your body has to go through its own healing process."

The medicine is a drop that can be placed in the eye, something both Raylee and her daddy used together.

"They put a little drop in my eye."

It's important to get in to see a doctor as soon as possible because pink eye could cause some permanent scarring on the corneas. Or, it could be something entirely different like a bacterial infection.

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