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Home Remedies For Pink Eye

The Hargrave Eye Center shares important information on Pink Eye and how to treat its symptoms.

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Home Remedies For Pink Eye

  1. 1. Home Remedies for Pink Eye Presentation by The Hargrave Eye Center
  2. 2. What is pink eye? • Conjunctivitis or pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin layer covering the eye and inner surface of the eyelid. It can be both infectious and sometimes non-infectious. – Mayo Clinic
  3. 3. How long does it last? • Pink eye is very common. • It usually is not serious and goes away in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Source: WebMD
  4. 4. What are the different types? • According to the WebMD, there are 3 types: • 1. Viral • 2. Allergic • 3. Bacterial
  5. 5. Causes & Symptoms • Most cases of pink eye are caused by infections caused by viruses or bacteria. • Pink eye is also caused by: • Dry eyes from lack of tears or exposure to wind & sun • Chemicals, fumes, or smoke • And allergies. Source: WebMD
  6. 6. Causes & Symptoms • No surprise: the primary symptom of pink eye is an eye that has a pink appearance. • Other symptoms of pink eye depend on the type of conjunctivitis you have. Source: WebMD
  7. 7. 1. Viral Causes • Viral pinkeye is often caused by an adenovirus, which is common respiratory virus that can also cause a sore throat or upper respiratory infection. - WebMD Image Source: levittown/pink-eye.htm
  8. 8. Viral Symptoms • Redness in the white of the eye. • Swelling, itching or burning feeling of the eyelids. • Swollen and tender areas in front of the ears. • A lot of tearing and appearance of slightly thick, whitish drainage. Source: WebMD
  9. 9. 2. Allergic Causes • Caused by eye irritants such as pollen, dust and animal dander among susceptible individuals. • Allergic conjunctivitis may be seasonal (pollen) or flare up year-round Source: WebMD Image Source: levittown/pink-eye.htm
  10. 10. Allergic Symptoms • Itching • Running Nose • Eyelids Burning • Mild drainage Source: WebMD
  11. 11. 3. Bacterial Causes • Both viral and bacterial types are very contagious. • They are spread through direct or indirect contact with the eye secretions of someone who’s infected. • Bacterial conjunctivitis is more common in children • Source: Mayo Clinic Image Source: levittown/pink-eye.htm
  12. 12. Bacterial Symptoms • Mild pain • Gray drainage • Redness or eyes • Upper eyelid swelling Source: Mayo Clinic
  13. 13. Treatments
  14. 14. 1. Viral Treatment • In most cases, no treatment is available for viral conjunctivitis. • Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication if your condition is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Source: Mayo Clinic
  15. 15. 2. Allergic Treatment • A doctor may prescribe eye drops including: • a combination of antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers (to control allergic reaction) • decongestants, steroids and anti-inflammatory eye drops (to control inflammation) Source: Mayo Clinic
  16. 16. 3. Bacterial Treatment • Prescription antibiotic treatment usually kills the bacteria that cause pinkeye. Source: WebMD
  17. 17. Natural Remedy Treatment
  18. 18. Home Treatment Remedies • Home treatment for pink eye will help reduce your pain and keep your eye free of drainage. • Source: Mayo Clinic • If you wear contacts, remove them and wear glasses until your symptoms have gone away completely.
  19. 19. Barberry Plant • Boil some leaves in water and allow the solution to cool before rinsing eyes with it. Source: remedies-to-get-relief-from-pink-eye/?ref=loh
  20. 20. Boric Acid • Boric acid mixed with water is a great eyewash for pink eye. Source: remedies-to-get-relief-from-pink-eye/?ref=loh
  21. 21. Goldenseal • Mix 1/8 tsp of goldenseal, chamomile and comfrey in a cup of boiled water. Let it remain for 15 min., strain the mixture and use it as an eye wash. Source: http:// home-remedies-to-get-relief-from- pink-eye/?ref=loh
  22. 22. Honey • Mix honey with water or milk, and apply the mixture directly on eyes, or make eyewash from 3 tablespoons of honey and 2 cups of water. Source: articles/home-remedies-to-get-relief-from- pink-eye/?ref=loh
  23. 23. Potato • Slide raw potato and place on the affected eyes to ease the infection. Source: http:// home-remedies-to-get-relief- from-pink-eye/?ref=loh
  24. 24. Teas • Place a moist tea bag, preferably black tea. The tannins present in black tea work to ease the infection. Source: http:// home-remedies-to-get-relief- from-pink-eye/?ref=loh
  25. 25. Precautions
  26. 26. Practice good hygiene to control the spread of pink eye Source:
  27. 27. Don’t touch your eyes with your hands Source:
  28. 28. Wash your hands often Source:
  29. 29. Don’t share towels or washcloths Source:
  30. 30. Change your pillowcases often Source:
  31. 31. Don’t share eye cosmetics or personal eye care items Source:
  32. 32. Contact The Hargrave Eye Center: • To contact Dr. Sylvia Hargrave or to make an appointment at the The Hargrave Eye Center located in Dallas, TX, fill out our Contact Form Here Follow on Twitter @HargraveEye