Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

How To Get Rid of Pink Eye Symptoms

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 332

While natural remedies for pink eye may relieve irritating symptoms, any home treatments should not be used as substitutes for a physician's care. Extended use of non-clinical treatments for pink eye will result in worsening symptoms, better chances of infecting others and the possibility that what you think is pink eye may be something more serious, such as an ulcer, rheumatic diseases and systemic lupus erythematosus. Allowing one of these conditions to continue without professional treatment may result in permanent vision loss.

Medically referred to as conjunctivitis, this is the infection of the membrane that protects the whites of the eyes and the inner eyelids. Reasons for developing pinkeye include the introduction of allergy-causing irritants into the eye, bacteria and viruses. Bacterial conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis are the most common forms of pink eye, with children being more vulnerable to the infection than adults. Bacterial pinkeye is usually the result of a streptococci or staphylococci bacteria entering the eye and infecting membranes. Symptoms include itching, green or yellowish discharge, extreme redness of the sclera (white part of the eyeball), sharp pain and swelling. In addition, lymph nodes near the ears may be swelled as well.

Adenoviruses are responsible for viral pinkeye and basically produce the same symptoms as bacterial pink eye except the discharge is watery and clear rather than yellowish or greenish. Additionally, viral pink eye affects more people in early spring and/or late fall than any other time of the year. It is often accompanied by sinus congestion and sensitivity to bright lights.

Several home remedies, such as "artificial tears" eyedrops or applying a warm compress on the affected eyes may relieve the pain and itching of pinkeye. If you wear contact lens and develop pink eye symptoms, you might consider not wearing the lenses until your doctor determines the cause of the conjunctivitis. Since bacterial conjunctivitis is much more contagious than the viral kind, the use of contact lenses may only contribute to re-infecting the eye.

Boric acid eyewash is an old remedy that will clean the eye and relieve symptoms. Mix one cup of boiled water with 1/8 teaspoon of boric acid, allow the mixture to cool, and then place one or two eye drops in the affected eye. Pinkeye sufferers can also try placing damp, warm tea bags on infected eyes, which may ease the swelling and pain. Try soaking cotton balls in boiled saltwater, letting them cool, and then placing them on eyelids to help fight bacterial conjunctivitis.

Certain herbs can also be used as natural remedies for pink eye, such as jasmine flowers, calendula and damp chamomile tea bags. Fill a glass jar with distilled water and about 10 to 15 jasmine flowers. Let the flowers soak for eight hours before placing one or two drops of the mixture into the affected eye. Calendula has antiseptic properties and seems to be effective in soothing inflammation. Use calendula as an eyewash or as a compress once or twice a day to relieve symptoms of pink eye.

Natural Remedies for Pink Eye and other natural remedies can be found at Best Natural Remedies

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

 
0
 
0
 
Rate this Article
1 vote(s)
Feedback
Print
Re-Publish

Article Tags:

Pink Eye Symptoms

,

Eye Symptoms

,

Pink Eye

,

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Your body needs glucose in order to get energy for cell and tissue function. Without energy, the cells do not function properly and the immune system is compromised. When your blood glucose levels

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Diabetes l July 09, 2013 lViews: 2617

Heavy Metals - Free radicals (tissue damaging molecules that cause aging and bodily deterioration) are the result of the ever-present toxins within our environment. Heavy metals are contained in

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Supplements l July 09, 2013 lViews: 607

Braun shavers and trimmers are very standard brand and their new curser beard and head trimmer is big for trimming beards. This trimmer was specifically made to be able to trim down your beard and

By: Lovey Blackburn l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 20, 2012 lViews: 460

On this website you will find latest makeup reviews and swatches from real people. You will know how makeup products look in real life, and you can also participate! Post your photos, tips and

By: l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 09, 2012 lViews: 321

You can either seek referrals from friends and associates or search for consultants on the internet. The latter, in our opinion, would be a viable option for those pressed for time.You can either

By: Simon Liva l Health & Fitness > Diseases l December 07, 2012 lViews: 269

Healthy living is essential in today's world, to ensure one's well being. Learn how to relax and improve your mood now! Be it exercising, or indulging in one's passions and hobbies, be sure to set

By: Clarinda l Health & Fitness > Mind Body Spirit l December 02, 2012 lViews: 262

Bedwetting can be a complicated condition that affects children over the age of four. Bedwetting is often blamed on a small bladder, poor habits or abnormal sleeping patterns. One of the causes that

By: Nathan E Leavittl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 12, 2012 lViews: 293

If you have recently received a Reiki or other energy healing treatment, or you are a Reiki / energy student, the chances are that you will have heard about or experienced a 'healing curve'. Often my

By: J Childl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 12, 2012 lViews: 211

Canker sores are usually found on the inside of the cheeks and lips. They usually look like a small white circle surrounded by redness. These sores are often painful, especially during eating or

By: Thomas H. Redmondl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 11, 2012 lViews: 253

If you are experiencing bad breath you then know how upsetting it can be. You may simply have plaque build-up or you may have a more really serious health problem such as gum disease. So if you are

By: Sammy JayJayl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 10, 2012 lViews: 296

During the winter months we often feel lethargic and have less energy. The lack of sunshine and the short days often lead to feelings of depression and sadness. Not only do our bodies tend to store

By: Pamela P Palmerl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 09, 2012 lViews: 214

Did you know there are several natural remedies for sore throat lurking right in your food pantry or spice cabinet. Some individuals, including doctors, have sworn by certain natural concoctions to

By: Thomas H. Redmondl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 09, 2012 lViews: 210

Canker sores are usually found on the inside of the cheeks and lips. They usually look like a small white circle surrounded by redness. These sores are often painful, especially during eating or

By: Thomas H. Redmondl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 11, 2012 lViews: 253

Did you know there are several natural remedies for sore throat lurking right in your food pantry or spice cabinet. Some individuals, including doctors, have sworn by certain natural concoctions to

By: Thomas H. Redmondl Health & Fitness > Holisticl April 09, 2012 lViews: 210

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus