Conjunctivitis is a condition that inflames the tissue surrounding the eye. It causes the eye to become painful, red and often gummy with discharge. It is caused by a virus, bacteria, or some form of allergic reaction. The most common form of treatment is an antibiotic, but in many cases home remedies can also clear up the problem.
In fact, conjunctivitis typically clears up naturally within a week or so, therefore antibiotics are rarely a mandatory requirement. However, because it is often a contagious condition that prevents people from going out in public, many sufferers seek antibiotics to hasten the process. Natural remedies can also be used to help speed recovery and diminish the side effects.
The most effective treatment for conjunctivitis is dependent on the cause of the condition. If it is caused by a bacterial infection, or virus you can fight it with natural antibacterial ingredients. If it is caused by allergies like hay fever, you will need to seek out natural remedies for allergies.
The following are some of the most popular natural remedies:
At the first signs of conjunctivitis consider increasing your intake of vitamin C. This works in the same way that it does when used to diminish the symptoms and duration of a viral cold. Vitamin C helps our immune system fight infections.
Colloidal silver possesses antimicrobial properties that fight against bacteria and viruses. Apply to a cotton pad and gently wipe over the eyes when they are closed. Colloidal silver can also be added to your regular drinking water to help diminish the instances of attack due to allergy.
Chamomile is well known for it’s soothing and calming affects so it is great for dealing with the pain, irriation and redness that conjunctivitis can cause. Chamomile also assists in treating dry skin, which is beneficial in dealing with conjunctivits because the tissue that is affected by conjunctivitis is responsible for keeping the eye and eyelid moist. Allow some chamomile teabags to steep in a small amount of water to make a strong brew. Wipe over closed eyes, or rest with moistened pads in place for ten minutes or so.
If your supplies are quite limited you could try a simple solution of salt in warm water. This removes any surface accumulation, helping to keep the area as germ free and clean as possible. Make sure the person keeps their eyes tightly closed as you wipe some cotton pads soaked in the salt water over their eyes. Salt water can sting if it gets into the eyes. If you want to really get into the bottom eyelid region make sure the person looks up.
As the bout of conjunctivitis clears up, make sure you dispose of any make up that could be contaminated and wash items like bedding and towels in hot water.
Conjunctivitis rarely goes on to become a serious health problem. However, if you experience swelling around the eye and prolonged redness and pain, it is advisable that you seek medical treatment. Some forms of conjunctivitis have the ability to cause damage to the eye.