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4 Your Health: Costume contacts may harm eyes; dentists and superbugs

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Tucson- Antibiotics prescribed by dentists may be contributing to the growth of deadly superbugs.

Researchers at the Minnesota Department of Health tracked patients diagnosed with C. diff, a serious gastrointestinal infection. 15 percent had been given antibiotics ahead of a dental procedure. But one third of those patient's medical charts had no mention of the prescription.

Experts said doctors should ask patients about medications taken for dental reasons, to help prevent the overuse of antibiotics.

Dangers of costume contacts

Spooky contact lenses worn as part of Halloween costumes may harm your eyes. 

Researchers from the Baylor College Of Medicine, warn that novelty contacts are more prone to rip, which can then scratch the cornea. Doctors involved in the study said lenses that are not customized for your eyes could lead to increased risk of corneal abrasions, ulcers, and even scars.

Doctors also encourage those planning to wear non-prescription contacts for Halloween, should consult with an eye care specialist to keep their eyes safe.

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