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Conjuctivitis (Pink Eye)

Conjunctiva is the transparent membrane that lines the inner eyelids and protects the globe of the eye. Inflammation of conjunctiva is called as Conjunctivitis. It can cause your eyes to run profusely, burn or itch and become very sensitive to light. It is typically characterised by reddening of the eyes, irritation and release of a sticky secretion hence it is also referred as ‘red-eye’ or ‘pink-eye’.
Conjunctivitis can be either because of a viral or bacterial infection, or an allergic reaction to pollen, contact lenses or its solution, cosmetics and or similar substances that may be foreign to the eyes.

Home Remedies:

  • In case you contract conjunctivitis, use antibiotic or steroid drops prescribed by the doctor. However, here are few tried and tested home remedies that help relieve the irritation and inflammation caused by red eye.
  • Hot and cold compresses help reduce the irritation caused by conjunctivitis. Take a napkin and dip it into warm water. Keep it on the closed lid. Use the compress to prevent the sticky secretions from drying on your eye-lashes. On the other hand, the same process repeated with cold water helps you reduce the pain, swelling & itching.
  • Prepare a salt solution by boiling 250ml of water with a teaspoon of salt. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes and then cool it. Apply it near the lashes with the help of an eye-dropper. Sterilise the eye-dropper after each use.
  • Camomile compress too works wonders in this situation. Boil the camomile tea-bag for 2-3 minutes. Drain the excess liquid and place the tea bag on the sore eye for at-least 10 minutes. Dispose off the bag after use. Repeat the treatment three to four times a day, with a new tea-bag every time. Use a separate tea-bag for each eye.
  • A similar compress can be made by Calendula petals. It soothes the eye, helps to fight the infection with its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  • A pulp of mashed coriander leaves is one of the best remedies for pink-eye. Take a few coriander leaves, rinse them thoroughly and then mash them with a mortar and a pestle. Apply the pulp on the closed eyes. Leave it for few minutes and wipe it off.

Some Tips:

  • Avoid using any eye make-up or wearing contact lenses until your eyes are completely cured.
  • Wash your hands with soap or disinfectant in case you happen to touch your eyes during the infection.
  • Wash the towels and pillow-covers once you recover from the infection so that you leave no chance of reinfecting your eyes.

Even after following the home remedies, if the symptoms persist, call on your doctor immediately. Mild cases of conjunctivitis are expected to go away within a week, however, there are chances that prolonged severity may leave your eyes damaged. In such cases, quick treatment with topical antibiotics will prevent further complications.

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