The NBC sports anchor had to step away from his Winter Olympics hosting gig when he came down with a nasty case of pink eye. Could Botox be to blame?
When Bob Costas took six full days off from his duties as NBC’s primetime host of the Sochi Winter Games, we knew something was up, but are recent claims that Botox caused his pink eye valid? Or more importantly, can vanity cause conjunctivitis?
Bob Costas: Did He Contract Pink Eye From Botox?
As NBC’s lead host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was shocking to see Bob step down from his job for almost a full week, bed-ridden by a devastating case of pink eye, which spread into both his eyes.
But how did Bob catch this highly contagious infection? Although NBC firmly denies any truth to the story, a Mar. 7 report from Page Six blames a botched Botox procedure for Bob’s conjunctivitis.
Considering Bob would have obviously wanted to look his best for the internationally important job, it wouldn’t be surprising if he went in for a little plump-up before heading to Russia. But is it even medically possible that this is how he contracted the eye infection?
Doctors Say Pink Eye From Botox ‘Highly Unlikely’
Despite their source’s insistence that Botox gave Bob pink eye, Page Six also spoke with New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Warfel, who says this possibility is very unlikely: “If the Botox procedure is done properly, the patient shouldn’t get pink eye. It is highly unlikely unless the procedure was unclean, when the patient could contract cellulitis of the eyelid [symptoms include redness and swelling of the eyelid].”
While this should clear things up, it could also just make them worse — imagine if poor Bob did in fact get a dirty botox procedure! So gross!
Finger’s crossed that this is not what caused Bob’s pink eye, but just in case, make sure and keep a look out for extra tight skin the next time you catch him on TV.
— India Irving