Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjuctiva, the membrane that lines the front of the eye and the back of the eyelids. The eye feels gritty, waters and appears red. Vision is normal, but the tears may make it seemed blurred.
Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacterial infections such as staphylococcus, though lens wearers may be subject to other bacterial infections. In children, a thick green discharge may cause the eyelids to become stuck together overnight. This can be remove by bathing the eyes in warm salt solution using a cotton pad. Antibiotic drops are needed to clear the infection which is highly infectious.
Viral infections may cause the eye to be red, painful and watery. Antbiotic drops are not effective, although anti-inflammatory drops can give some relief. The symptoms usually go when the viral infection clears.
Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by sensitivity to airborne allergens such as pollens or animal fur but it can also be caused by cosmetics or contact lenses. The eye may feel itchy and be swollen. Bathing the eye with salt solution may help, anti-histamines and anti-inflammatory drops may also help.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Bromelain||Anti-inflammatory, it can help to reduce swelling and inflammation.||as directed|
|Vitamin A||Useful for tissue healing and repair.||800-2252mcg daily|
|Zinc with Copper||Work together and both needed for vision.||as directed|
|Eyebright||Has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine actions.||Dilute a tincture as directed to use an eyebath|
|Chamomile flowers||Anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing.||Dilute a tincture as directed to use an eyebath|
|Elderflower||Has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine actions.||Dilute a tincture as directed to use an eyebath|
|Calendula||Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, soothing and anti-histamine.||Dilute a tincture as directed to use an eyebath|
|Echinacea||Helps fight infections and boosts the immune system.||500mg 3 times daily|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Foods which are rich in Beta Carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A are effective for many eye conditions, these include:- all the orange and red fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, liver.
Slices of cucumber or cold used teabags placed over the eyes as a compress can be very soothing.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
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