How to Treat Bacterial Conjunctivitis

While conjunctivitis is usually not serious and will generally clear up on its own, a doctor should still be consulted. If conjunctivitis is chronic it can cause damage to your eye that is permanent. What is causing the conjunctivitis is going to determine what course of treatment that you will need to take. Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with eye drops or ointments that have antibiotics in them. Cold or hot compresses can help to alleviate the inflammation and itching associated with bacterial conjunctivitis.

The antibiotic eye drops that are used for bacterial conjunctivitis usually contain sodium sulfacetamide and the antibiotic ointments have erythomycin, neomycin or bacitracin. There are alternative treatments you may want to try to alleviate your symptoms if you have a mild case of conjunctivitis. Just do not forget that bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious. It is easily spread from one eye to another and from person to person.

You can start with hot and cold compresses. Be sure that the water you use is sterile and that you use a different towel for each eye. When you are finished the towels should be washed immediately or thrown out. Then you can also combine the use of compresses with eye washes every two hours, alternating between the two therapies. While these will not cure the bacterial conjunctivitis they can help lessen the effects of the symptoms while you wait for it to clear up.

There are supplements and other nutritional remedies that can be used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. One popular remedy comes in the form of eyewashes and compresses with boric acid. One teaspoon of boric acid can be boiled in one cup of water. The solution is then applied with a sterile eye cup as a wash or you can soak a clean washcloth in it for a hot compress. To help speed up the healing process by boosting the immune system you can up your dosages of vitamin A, C and Zinc.

Herbs have been a treatment for many aliments since ancient times, including bacterial conjunctivitis. They can, however, have interaction with supplements or other medications you are on, so if you are using them then you should consult a doctor before trying herbal treatments. Herbs can be used one at a time or in combinations. You can steep them in boiling water and use the water for an eyewash or compress.

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