Conjunctivitis, when present, looks pretty awful. It may damage your eyes and if caused by bacteria or a virus can start spreading like a plague.
So what can you do about it then? First, start by seeking help from your doctor. If you have a bacterial infection, he can prescribe to you some antibiotic eye drops, which will accelerate the healing and shorten the period of contagion.
In the meantime, you can take some steps in order to alleviate the itching eyes and keep under control the possible appearance of eye skin deposits.
Below we bring you great tips and recipes that will help you fight with conjunctivitis …
Conjunctivitis – Symptoms
When your eyes are red, irritated and stuck together with viscous secretion, probably you have conjunctivitis on your eye. This actually is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that lines the inside of the cornea and covers the eyeball.
Also known as red eyes or bloody eyes, usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection or allergic reaction to pollen, cosmetics, contact lenses cleaning solution or other substances.
Depending on the type, conjunctivitis of the eye can cause a burning sensation in the eyes, itching, excessive lacrimation (tearing) and increased sensitivity to light. Sticky secretions during sleep, which bind the eyelashes and eyelids.
There are three main forms of conjunctivitis – viral conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis and allergic conjunctivitis. Symptoms are somewhat quite similar, but the doctor can differ one from another:
Viral conjunctivitis – infection that usually starts in one eye, but can spread to the other. Very often followed by watery content in the eye, itching or redness around the eyes.
Bacterial conjunctivitis – usually affects only one eye, but can also affect the another. Irritation, redness or feel of presence of sand in the eye. Abundant content/secretion from the eye.
Allergic conjunctivitis – If your eyes are itchy and products viscous content, then the conjunctivitis of the eye may be a result of allergies. Try taking oral antihistamines to relieve the itching sensation or to prevent possible swelling.
If possible, try to avoid whatever may cause it – be it pollen, animals or cosmetics. This may be a new pet, a new kind of eye makeup or other type of shampoo.
To help fight inflammation caused by allergies, try a combination of vitamin C and Quercetin. Take in divided doses of 1000 mg of vitamin C per day along with 1,500 mg Quercetin.
Quercetin is a member of a class of nutrients called bioflavonoids, obtained from various fruits and vegetables, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C is great to use when you have conjunctivitis in your eyes.
Conjunctivitis in adults
Suppress the infection with the following methods:
Try not to touch your eyes. If you happen to accidentally touch them, wash your hands first with soap and water, then dry them with paper or hot air blower instead of a towel.
If you need to wipe your eyes with a tissue, use different special wipe for each eye. Immediately discard both wipes in a plastic bag and wash your hands.
Carry with you a small bottle of antibacterial gel for hands and use it more often.
If you wear contact lenses, do not use them in general until you have conjunctivitis. Properly sterilize them before you put them back after the infection is gone.
Always wash your hands before applying or removing your contact lenses. Everyday, wash your swimming towel, face towel and your pillow sheets in the washing machine in order to prevent bacteria or any kind of virus to re-enter in your eyes and possibly spread to the other eye.
Transmitting of Conjunctivitis – other persons can get conjunctivitis of the eye if they use the same face towel that was already used by a person with which already has it. Also, we encourage you to let someone else to make the bed for you, because the infection can be transferred by a single touch to the sheets.
Conjunctivitis in children
If you have small children with conjunctivitis of the eye, which are too young to follow the rules about not touching their eyes and wash their hands, then they need to stay at home and not attend at school or nursery.
Most pre-schools will not accept children with symptoms of conjunctivitis.
How to treat Conjunctivitis
Hot and cold compresses can be helpful if you have abundant secretions from the eyes. Wet a towel with a hot water and use it as a coating to counteract the drying of the viscous secret on the eyelashes.
Use a cold compress (towel immersed in iced water ) to reduce swelling and relieve the itching, especially if your conjunctivitis is a result of allergies. Use any of these methods or both of them, three or four times a day for five minutes. Every time use new and clean towel.
Natural remedies for conjunctivitis
– Soothe your eyes with lining of chamomile. Put, for two or three minutes, few bags of chamomile tea in a warm ( not hot ) water. Squeeze the excess liquid and then put the tea bag to rest for ten minutes over the sore eyes or eye.
Repeat this three or four times a day, every time with fresh bags of tea. Keep your eyes closed so that the liquid does not come into direct contact with them.
– Those who practice ayurveda, the India’s traditional medicine, treat conjunctivitis of the eye with the pulp from fresh leaves of coriander. Grind one handful of coriander leaves with 100 ml of water.
Strain the juice and place the pulp on the closed eyelids. Leave the mixture stand for a few minutes, then remove it and wipe your eyes before you open them.
– Take chamomile, elder flower, sweet woodruff and rose petals in same quantities. Mix them well and to one tablespoon of this mixture, pour half a liter of boiling water.
Cover and leave to stand for 15 minutes, then drain and fill three small tea cups. Drink this tea three times a day by one cup and with the rest, rinse your eyes.
– Take one wide-neck bottle and fill it with fresh flower of callas without the stems. Cover the top of the bottle with cellophane and allow to rest for about two to three weeks in direct sunlight or some warm place.
During this time, a black liquor will accumulate to the bottom of the bottle. When the flower turns black, drain the resulting black liquid through cheesecloth or a cloth. To the given amount of this liquor, add equal amount of alcohol.
Shake well the bottle and close it. Always shake well before usage, to be able to mix the sludge with the alcohol.
Take some cotton, pour a little amount of the obtained mixture and place it on the closed eye. On top of the cotton put a dry cloth an keep your eye covered with it throughout the night. Repeat the procedure for couple of days. During morning, rinse your eye/s with chamomile tea.
– Hot potatoes also act well. Cook the potatoes first, cut each in half, put it in a towel and place it over your eye. The potato remains hot for a long time, so you can freely lie down.
(Ensure first that the temperature of the potato is not to high to be able to avoid any burns)
Conjunctivitis during pregnancy
These natural remedies for conjunctivitis can be used during the pregnancy period without any problems or concerns that something wrong might happen.
We hope you liked our article for conjunctivitis and that you will try some of these natural remedies, because they cost you absolutely nothing and they can only help you.