• Conjunctivitis

    Conjunctivitis is primarily caused by infection or allergies. It is also known as “pink eye” and is a very common form of eye irritation. Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the eyelid lining, the white of the eye and the conjunctiva or a clear membrane that covers the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.

    The most common symptoms of conjunctivitis or “pink eye” are;

    1. Burning sensation
    2. Sensitivity to light
    3. Dryness in the eye (s)
    4. Redness in the eye (s)
    5. Feeling like you have sand in your eye, grittiness
    6. Pain
    7. Itchy feeling in your eye
    8. Watering eyes
    9. Discharge while you sleep causing eyelashes to stick together

    It is important to rule out other possible eye problems before you conclude that you have conjunctivitis and start treating for this condition. At times conjunctivitis will disappear in a matter of days on its own if it’s not too severe. Failing that below are some natural remedies you can try to help get rid of this bothersome condition.

    First let’s have a look at what causes conjunctivitis, then we will address how to treat it;

    As mentioned above, this condition is mostly caused by allergies. It can also be brought on by eye irritants, viruses or bacteria. Allergic conjunctivitis is usually seasonal and typically occurs in the Spring or during season changes. Other possible causes of allergic conjunctivitis are pollen, dust, medications, perfumes and cosmetics, and pets.

    In addition if you have allergies to certain foods this can also trigger allergic conjunctivitis.

    Viral conjunctivitis is caused by a virus that you get via physical contact or through the air. These viruses are the same as the ones that cause the common cold and respiratory infections. This is very contagious.

    Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Haemophilus bacteria and is highly contagious and easily spread.

    Eye Irritant conjunctivitis is caused by things like gases or chemicals or environmental toxins causing irritation to your eye(s). Contact lenses or contact lens solutions sometimes can cause this condition to appear as well.

    Diseases – some sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes can bring on conjunctivitis as well as measles.

    Here are some tips for you if you discover that you have conjunctivitis;

    1. Change your bedding frequently, at least your pillowcase
    2. Do not share towels, pillows and especially washcloths with anyone else as this condition is highly contagious.
    3. Take supplements to boost your immune system
    4. Do not touch your eyes with your fingers
    5. Get rid of any cosmetics you were using when you got conjunctivitis as it is now contaminated and will prolong the condition or cause it to spread to your other eye if you only have one infected.
    6. If you happen to notice a cold sore as well as the condition in your eye(s) be sure to check with your doctor as this could mean that the herpes virus has infected your eye.
    7. Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap. Especially wash your hands before and after each time you touch your eyes.
    8. Use an antibacterial eyewash. Note that you should not use the eyewash cup for both eyes unless you have sterilized it after each eye.
    9. Try wearing glasses instead of your contact lenses until the infection has cleared up.
    10. Cover your eyes with sunglasses when you go outdoors.

    Now to some natural remedies for conjunctivitis;

    I mentioned above about boosting your immune system and there are supplements that you can take to help do this.

    1. Vitamin A – Do not exceed 10,000 IU daily if you are pregnant. 100,000 IU each day for about 30 days will help to boost your immune system.
    2. Vitamin C – promotes healing
    3. Zinc – enhances your immune system
    4. Aromatherapy – use of aromatherapy oils, such as Chamomile, Lavender or Rose oil used in a warm compress promote healing.
    5. Eyewash – use a mixture of baking soda and water to create a soothing eyewash. Use very little of the baking soda, like a ¼ teaspoon to a half a cup of water.
    6. Castor Oil – put a drop in each affected eye a few times per day
    7. Colloidal Silver – you can put a drop or 2 into the infected eye. This is a known natural antibiotic that should help to clear up the infection quickly.
    8. Honey – this is also a natural antibacterial and antibiotic and can be used as an eyewash or applied directly to the infected eye.
    9. Tea Bag – you can apply a moist black tea bag to your eye, this will help to reduce the itchiness as well as to reduce the inflammation

    There are many other natural remedies for conjunctivitis that you can try to help you through this condition. As you must have realized the cleanliness of the infected eye is critical to the healing process.

    Here are some more natural remedies for you;

    Be sure to post a comment about what worked for you or if you know of any other natural remedies not listed here please feel free to share them here with others who are part of our community. Thanks for sharing.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    To Your Optimal Health,
    Chris



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