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What is Conjunctivitis ?

Home Remedies for conjuntivitisConjunctivitis (also called pink eye or madras eye) is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids). It is most commonly due to an infection (usually viral, but sometimes bacterial) or an allergic reaction.

Conjunctivitis Causes:

  1. Conjunctivitis results from bacterial or a virus infection or eyestrain. Prolonged work under artificial light and excessive use of the eyes in one way or the other, no doubt, contribute towards the disease.
  2. Its real cause can be traced to a catarrhal condition of the system resulting from general toxaemia due to dietetic errors, and a faulty style of living. The patient generally suffers from colds or other ailments indicative of a general catarrhal condition.
  3. Air pollution may lead to conjunctivitis.
  4. Allergic Conjunctivitis Commonly occurring in people who suffer from an allergic condition, allergic conjunctivitis can be caused by a number of substances particular to the individual. This type of conjunctivitis often has a seasonal element and occurs more frequently during spring and seasonal changes.
  5. Injury to the eye.

Conjunctivitis Symptoms:

  1. Discomfort in the eye
  2. Redness of the eye or inner eyelids
  3. Discharge and teariness
  4. Discharge may cause eyelids to crust and stick together while sleeping
  5. Itchiness
  6. Tenderness of the eye, or pain (which can be severe in the cases of irritant conjunctivitis)
  7. Sensitivity to light
  8. Swelling of the eyelids
  9. Infection usually begins with one eye, but can quickly spread to other eye in cases of viral or bacterial conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis Prevention:

  1. Don’t share towels, pillows, or washcloths with others, especially if someone at home have conjunctivitis or other viral and bacterial conditions such as cold sores.
  2. Change pillowcases and wash towels and bedding frequently.
  3. As much as you may want to, refrain from touching your eyes! If your eyes are itchy, rather use a clean compress for quick relief.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching your eyes.
  5. Discard any make up used when you had conjunctivitis as it may be contaminated and this is an easy way to spread it again.
  6. If you wear contact lenses, switch to glasses until your eyes have completely healed.
  7. Wear sunglasses outdoors as sunlight irritates pink eye.

Conjunctivitis Home Remedies:

  1. Fruits: After you get conjunctivitis it s better to follow a complete fruit based diet plan for one entire week. Make sure to eat lots of seasonal fruits along drinking fruit juices. If you cannot follow this diet for more than four days then you can go back to your normal diet. Among the fruits avoid banana , as it will slow down the procedure of healing.
  2. Vegetables: Raw juices of certain vegetables, especially carrots and spinach, have been found valuable in conjunctivitis.
  3. Amla: The juice of the Indian gooseberry, mixed with honey, is useful in conjunctivitis. A cup of this juice should be taken mixed with two teaspoons of honey twice daily in treating this condition.
  4. Coriander (Dhania): A decoction prepared with a handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water is an excellent eye-wash in conjunctivitis. It is said to relieve burning and reduces pain and swelling. This decoction should, however, be sparingly used by persons suffering from bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis.
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