No need to quarantine kids with conjunctivitis

British schools have been told to stop sending children home with infective conjunctivitis.

The Royal College of General Practitioners is now saying that in most cases antibiotics are not needed to treat conjunctivitis.

In a leaflet to teachers and parents, the college says the condition typically clears up on its own in a couple weeks, or can be treated with over-the-counter eye drops.

The RCGP reckons an estimated 160,000 appointments a year could be freed up in primary care if schools changed tack and rethought policies that were clogging up the system.

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