How to get rid of pink eye (Conjunctivitis)

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What is pink eye? How do you get it? How do you manage it? What are natural remedies? What do doctors and the CDC advise?

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How to get rid of pink eye (Conjunctivitis)

  1. 1. How To Get Rid of Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
  2. 2. Understanding Conjunctivitis What is Conjunctivitis  How do you get it?  What do doctors advise?  What does the CDC advise?  Are there any suggested home remedies?  Warnings on Home Remedies  What are the best natural remedies?  Resources 
  3. 3. What is Conjunctivitis?  Definition ◦ Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is redness and inflammation of the membranes (conjunctiva) covering the whites of the eyes and the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids.  Symptoms (May differ based on the cause of the inflammation, but may include) ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid Increased amount of tears Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep Green or white discharge from the eye Itchy eyes Burning eyes Blurred vision Increased sensitivity to light Causes     These can be classified as either infectious or noninfectious. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis are common in childhood, but they occur in adults as well. Pink eye can occur in people of any age. Pink eye does not cause any changes in vision.
  4. 4. How Do You Get It?  What provokes Pink eye? ◦ Bacteria      ◦ ◦ Viruses Allergy-provoking agents   ◦ Shampoos Dirt Smoke Pool chlorine Toxic agents       ◦ Dust, pollen A special type of allergy that affects some contact lens wearers Irritants     ◦ Staphylococci Streptococci Chlamydia Gonorrhea Other Bacteria types Household cleaners Sprays of any kind Smoke Foreign objects in the eye Smog Industrial pollutants Underlying diseases  Rheumatic diseases  Rheumatoid arthritis  Systemic lupus erythematosus  Kawasaki's disease (a rare disease associated with fever in infants and young children)  Inflammatory bowel diseases  Ulcerative colitis  Crohn's disease.
  5. 5. What Do Doctors Advise?  It is important to take all medications as prescribed and to follow your health-care practitioner's instructions for managing your condition. ◦ Bacteria. Pinkeye caused by bacteria, including those related to STDs, is treated with antibiotics, in the form of eye drops, ointments, or pills. Eye drops or ointments may need to be applied to the inside of the eyelid three to four times a day for five to seven days. Pills may need to be taken for several days. The infection should improve within a week. Take or use the drugs as instructed by your doctor, even if the symptoms go away. ◦ Viruses. This type of pinkeye often results from the viruses that cause a common cold. Just as a cold must run its course, so must this form of pinkeye, which usually lasts from four to seven days. Viral conjunctivitis can be highly contagious. Avoid contact with others and wash your hands frequently. ◦ Irritants. For pinkeye caused by an irritating substance, use water to wash the substance from the eye for five minutes. Your eyes should begin to improve within four hours. If the conjunctivitis is caused by acid or alkaline material such as bleach, immediately rinse the eyes with lots of water and call your doctor immediately. ◦ Allergies. Allergy-associated conjunctivitis should improve once the allergy is treated and the allergen removed. See your doctor if you have conjunctivitis that is linked to an allergy.
  6. 6.  Home treatment for pink eye should not be a substitute for seeking the advice of a health-care practitioner. ◦ There are steps you can take at home to help relieve the symptoms of pink eye.  Moist warm compresses applied to the eyes can help relieve symptoms.  Over-the-counter artificial tears (eyedrops) can also bring relief.      You should not wear contact lenses until the pink eye has resolved. Eye makeup and cosmetic creams should also be avoided in the eye area until your symptoms have resolved. Avoid touching the eye area and wash your hands frequently, particularly after applying medications to the eye area. Never share towels or handkerchiefs, and throw away tissues after each use. Disinfecting surfaces like countertops, sinks, and doorknobs can also help prevent the spread of infectious pink eye.
  7. 7. What does the CDC advise?  Most cases of pink eye are mild and get better without treatment. ◦ However, severe cases need to be looked at by a health care provider and may require specific treatment and close follow-up. ◦ See your health care provider if you have—     Moderate to severe pain in your eye(s) Blurred vision or increased sensitivity to light Intense redness in the eye(s) A weakened immune system, for example, from HIV or cancer treatment  Bacterial pink eye that does not improve after 24 hours of antibiotic use  Symptoms that get worse or don't improve  Pre-existing eye conditions that may put you at risk for complications or severe infection
  8. 8. Are There Any Suggested Home Remedies?  As a rinse or drops in the eye ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Noni Coconut water (for soothing purposes only) Apple cider vinegar Castor Oil Vinegar & water/Sea salt & water Black coffee Honey/Milk/Baby Shampoo Wheatgrass juice Salt water & contact solution Heaven's cure (water, honey, olive oil, slice of orange & lemon, oregano, basil) Pancake Syrup Sugar Water Salt & Vinegar water wash Breast milk Tea/honey/salt combo Tea eye drops Raw Honey/honey water Collodial Silver
  9. 9.  Application on outer eyelids/lashes ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Hot/Cold Compresses warm salt water on a tea bag Ice w/eye drops Cotton wool dipped in cold milk Cotton wool dipped in hot, salty water Cold raw potatoes Lemon juice, butter and sugar Salt Garlic Neosporin 50% volume Isopropyl Alcohol milk soaked white bread Lemon/Lime - apply to tear ducts/bottom lid Rice/water/sugar/milk Aloe Vera Apple Gold Borax/water solution Hydrogen peroxide
  10. 10.  Application can be inside or outside the eye ◦ Chamomile/Calendula tea/teabags ◦ Jasmine Flower ◦ Distilled water  Other Methods & Weird Ideas ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Visualization & screen avoidance Semen Duct tape Rest & Relaxation The Curing Straw – water applied inside eye/eyelid via a straw ◦ Fish Tetracyclin
  11. 11. Warnings on Home Remedies  Warnings on Home Remedies ◦ Do not use Vicks Vapor Rub ◦ Do not use honey, sugar, or milk because if it’s a viral or bacterial form of pink eye, it will get worse, as bacteria grows rapidly in sugar.
  12. 12. What Are The Best Natural Remedies? Vitamin A (not beta carotene, not synthetic)  Vitamin C  Vitamin D  Garlic  Probiotics  Breast Milk  Raw cow, or goat milk  Yogurt or Kefir  Fermented cod liver oil (best source of Vitamin A) 
  13. 13. Resources       http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/pi nkeye-fast-and-easy-home-remedy/ http://www.medicinenet.com/pink_eye/page3. htm http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/eyehealth-conjunctivitis http://www.webmd.com/eyehealth/tc/pinkeye-home-treatment http://www.cdc.gov/conjunctivitis/about/preve ntion.html http://www.cdc.gov/conjunctivitis/about/treatm ent.html

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