Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis Pink EyeWhat is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation, not necessarily of the whole eye, but of the outer surface membrane lining the eye. It is an irritating and often embarrassing condition that needs medical attention, especially if it has been occurring for a long time already since it could mean a more serious underlying illness.

 

 

 

What Causes Conjunctivitis?

The eyes are among the parts of the body that is considered as sensitive. Causes of conjunctivitis are the following:

  • Foreign body that enters the eye. These could come in several forms – perfume, insect spray, sand, dirt, and any other foreign body that could enter the eye and cause its redness. These could cause pain, redness, tearing, as well as drainage. Usually, a foreign body would enter one eye alone, and in other cases, the 2 eyes may also suffer.
  • Bacteria. This is one of the causes of conjunctivitis and could affect either one or both eyes. Usually this would lead to a drainage oozing from the eye. It could also be seen as crusting all throughout the day.
  • Allergens/Allergy. Sometimes, certain allergens may irritate the eye like pollens that are just flying around especially during spring. This type of conjunctivitis is often deemed as seasonal.
  • Virus. This could also cause conjunctivitis and would usually affect both eyes.
  • Plugged tear ducts. Babies are more prone to suffer from conjunctivitis caused by plugged tear ducts.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

As with any disease, there are always accompanying symptoms. The following are what you would often observe from persons having conjunctivitis:

  • The eyeballs are inflamed. The underside of the eyelids become inflamed as well.
  • Eyes are dry, red, and burning at the onset.
  • Watery secretion. This usually happens after the affected eye has become red.
  • Pus formation. This denotes a more serious type of conjunctivitis and medical attention would be needed. When sleeping, this material becomes dry and the eyelashes stick together.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Conjunctivitis

In every disease, there will always be certain things that you can do to fight off the effects and symptoms. For conjunctivitis, treatment would usually involve some dietary considerations, taking in supplements, as well as making some lifestyle changes.

Foods to Avoid

  • Foods that contain sugar. You must avoid foods and drinks that contain sugar since it can reduce the ability of the body to fight infections.
  • Animal fats, white-flour based pastries including breads and cakes should be avoided. Biscuits are included too. These foods contribute to a weak immune system, making you more susceptible to conjunctivitis.

Friendly Foods

  • Purple coloured fruits. You might not know it but fruits having this colour contain a high amount of antioxidant nutrients that make the eyes healthy. Some of these fruits include blueberries, bilberries, and blackberries.
  • Vitamin A rich foods. Foods that contain high levels of Vitamin A keeps eyes healthy. These foods are leafy green vegetables, cod liver oil, calves’ or lambs’ liver, carrots, and fish.
  • Foods that contain natural carotenes. These are considered as good foods for the eyes. Sweet potatoes, tomatoes, mangoes, dried apricots and parsley are all good sources of carotene.
  • Pineapples. This fruit is rich in bromelain, which is an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties.

Useful Supplements

  • Tincture of Echinacea, bilberry, and eyebright (1 – 4 ml a day).
  • Bromelain (1,000 – 3,000 mcu a day).
  • Vitamin A (20,000 iu daily) This is for cases of conjunctivitis wherein the infection is acute. This must be taken daily for 14 – 21 days. However, pregnant women must not take more than 3,000 iu per day.
  • Vitamin C and zinc (1,000 mg 2 – 3 times a day), and zinc (taken  30 – 50 mg per day). These will help in strengthening your immune system and could grant you a much faster healing time.

Other Helpful Hints

  • Try to use a solution that you could directly apply on your eyes to kill either the bacteria or the virus that caused it. You can use just a few drops of liquid colloidal silver solution.
  • Be wary and scrupulous of your hygiene. Conjunctivitis is considered as highly contagious whenever it is caused by viral infection. Make sure that if you are suffering from conjunctivitis, no one else would be able to use your tissue, handkerchief, makeup, and even towel or pillow. Take the same precaution if a family member or a friend is suffering from one.
  • You can use eyebright tincture and goldenseal tincture. Have 2 drops of each of the tinctures and use them twice daily. Add the 2 drops to an eye bath that is full of purified or boiled water. Use when already cool.
  • Try diluting homeopathic Euphrasia mother tincture in cooled boiled water, about an egg-cup full. This would be used for your eye bath.
  • Warm compress the eye. Use calendula and chamomile herbal teas. These would help in soothing the eye and the heat would also kill the bacteria causing the infection.
  • Use fresh urine! This may be the most surprising remedy that you could find. This is actually a very effective eye bath. Yes, you might not just know it but there are so many eyedrops that actually came from urine. One important element that is essential in breaking down mucus deposits, as well as possesses anti-microbial properties, is Urea. So when you bathing your eyes in fresh urine, which is actually considered as a sterile liquid), using a cotton wool pad can help in alleviating a lot of eye problems.
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