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Another reason not to get medical advice online

October 15th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Several people in the office have come down with the pinkeye. I always thought it came from poopy hands, which makes me think less of everyone afflicted. When I mentioned this to Wife, she said I was wrong, that pinkeye can come from lots of things. We went to WebMD to resolve our dispute.

Of course, Wife was right. Pinkeye can come from a virus, or from all kinds of bacteria, not just the poopy variety.

But this warning is what held my attention on the WebMD site: “Pinkeye may be more serious if you have vision in only one eye.”

I’m sure that’s true, but it seems kind of obvious, don’t you think? I can imagine the WebMD entry for eyeglasses: “Generally safe for use with the right prescription, but complications may arise if you only have one ear.”

Or waders: “May be hazardous for the one-legged.” Or bicycles: “Those with one posterior cheek may experience discomfort.” Still, I suppose it’s best to be thorough.