Curing Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is also commonly called pink eye and is an infection of the eye caused when the conjunctiva is inflamed. This is the tissue that makes up the lining of the eye and the insides of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is generally caused by viral or bacterial infections, making it highly contagious. It is called pink eye because the first sign of the infection is for the eye to turn red. Some of the other symptoms of conjunctivitis besides redness of the eye are: extreme itch, blurry vision, watery eyes, discharge that is yellow causing the eyelashes to crust over, burning and light sensitivity.

Frequently washing the eye(s) with cold water or using cold compresses can help alleviate some of the conjunctivitis symptoms. Conjunctivitis usually can clear up on its own but there are some home remedies that can help, not only to relieve symptoms but also to help cure conjunctivitis. Oil used for aromatherapy can help remedy the discomfort of conjunctivitis. Simply add a few drops to the cold compress. The most helpful are going to be chamomile, lavender or rose.

Washing the eyes with aloe vera juice is also an option for relief or putting cloth soaked in it on the eyes will help to cure conjunctivitis. Some other eye washes you can try at home include, mixing baking soda and water, using Elderberry blossom tea or boiling fennel seed in water. You may also boil cilantro leaves in water, strain them and place them on closed eyes. The most effective is going to be Chamomile tea.

You can wash the eyes with the cooled tea and the place the tea bags on the eyes for ten minutes. It is very effective at reducing the inflammation associated with conjunctivitis and should be done every couple of hours. There are also internal ways to help cure conjunctivitis. Drinking a mixture of spinach and carrot juice will speed up the healing process and should be done for at least ten days. The vegetables are rich in vitamin B2 and A.

Also rich in these vitamins are almonds, whole milk, butter and tomatoes. By increasing the consumption of these vitamins, you will give your body what is needs to fight off the infection. Also you should avoid the use of alcohol or smoking while suffering from conjunctivitis. Avoid rubbing the eyes no matter how much they itch because it will just make the infection worse and spread it. Instead gently wipe the eyes with a fresh towel or handkerchief and wash it immediately or throw it out to stop the spread of the infection.

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