Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye occurs very commonly in adults, small children, and infants. Especially if this is your baby’s first Spring or Winter. There can be several causes of the condition and most cases are highly contagious. Though conjunctivitis may be extremely irritating and maybe even painful, it is a very simple condition to clear up right at home.
What Is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) happens when the lining of the eye becomes inflamed. This thin lining, called the conjunctiva, covers the outer layer of the eye, (sclera)and the inside of the eyelids. Due to swollen blood vessels in the eye, it becomes pink or red, watery or dry, or itchy, with a burning sensation. The eye will probably discharge, leaving a crust over the eye when waking up from sleep.
Bacterial Conjunctivitis: This type of Pink Eye is very contagious, and is caused by different types of bacteria, and usually produces a yellow discharge in the eye. More serious cases of this type of Pink Eye can produce a greenish color discharge. This type may also be accompanied by an ear or sinus infection.
Viral Conjunctivitis: This type of Pink Eye is also highly contagious, and can be spread through the air. This is generally caused by upper respiratory infections, such as a common cold or the flu. It generally produces a clear, watery discharge. The good thing about viral conjunctivitis is that it usually clears up on its own in about a week’s time.
Allergic Conjunctivitis: This type of Pink Eye is not at all contagious, and can be caused by typical allergens like pollen, dust, pet hair or dander, smoke, etc. This type can cause white, yellow, or gray stings of mucus to build under the lower and upper eyelids and can leave eyes feeling extremely dry.
A Few Simple Remedies
When my 18 year old was just a toddler, he would always contract Pink Eye from either camp, school, or just playing outside with friends. After about the third episode, I did my own research and put a few natural remedies to the test. We haven’t been to the doctor for this issue since. My four year old contracted it when she experienced her first spring. By then, I was a pro at getting rid of conjunctivitis at home, so she was all cleared up in just a few days.
Green and Black tea: These teas are very high in antioxidants, which helps to fight off bacterial and viral infections. It also relieves the blood vessels in the eyes of inflammation and irritation. The black tea is higher in the antioxidants than the green, but they both work just as great. You could either steep the tea bag and place the warm bag over the eyes for 10 to 15 minutes, or take the warm tea (just about room temperature) that’s been steeped from the bag and put 2 to 3 drops directly in the eyes. This should be done about 2 to 3 times a day for about a week.
Breast Milk: For the mothers that are still nursing or producing milk, your breast milk contains an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), which fights off germs, preventing them to grow, and prevents bacteria from latching onto the surface of the eyes. Put 2 to 3 drops directly in the eyes 3 times a day for about a week.
Triple Antibiotic Ointment: Any antibiotic ointment or bacitracin will kill off bacteria and can be smeared right over the eyelids 2 to 3 times a day for about a week. You can purchase this ointment at any grocery store or pharmacy, and just an FYI, the store brand ointments are just as effective.
Colloidal Silver: This can be very effective for all types of conjunctivitis, but should be used for no more about 5 days for babies and small children. No more than a week for adults. The colloidal silver attracts the infected cells in the eyes electromagnetically, which then sends them directly to the bloodstream where they can then be wiped out.
Just Precaution And Preventive Measures
Though I am no longer nursing or producing milk, I always make sure I have green or black tea bags, triple antibiotic ointment, and a bottle of silver drops around the house. I personally use the silver for my own allergic conjunctivitis, as it can be a torture to me all year long…indoor and outdoor.
For my children, I would put a few drops of the tea in their eyes and then smear the ointment over their eyes. I would do this 3 times a day for a week. You will definitely see improvement in the eyes the following day, and though it may fully clear after only 3 or 4 days, I always treated them for a week just to be sure, because conjunctivitis could last for that amount of time.
Always be sure to treat both eyes, even if only one eye is infected. Because Pink Eye is so contagious, it could only be a matter of a day before it has spread to the other eye.
Always be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after treatments. Never reuse teabags, compresses, or towels, and do not share any towels during this treatment process. If you are treating and infant or toddler, you should be sure to change their shirts and onesies frequently. They should be washed immediately, because Pink Eye can spread around the home pretty quickly.
Best of luck to all who try these remedies out for themselves, as you’ll also find that there are still a few more out there, and I know that all the skeptics will surely be amazed at the results!