Conjunctivitis, more often called pinkeye, is one of the most common eye infections in both children and adults. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. Pink eye is most often caused by bacteria, virus or allergies.
Although pinkeye is not a serious eye disease, it needs to be treated immediately because bacterial conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis are both very contagious. Allergic conjunctivitis is not.
Symptoms common to conjunctivitis are redness, burning, irritation, a sensitivity to light, and tearing. The differences are usually in the type of discharge. Allergic conjunctivitis has a thin watery discharge whereas viral and bacterial pink eye have a sticky yellowish or white discharge that can leave eyelids stuck together especially after a night's sleep.
Allergic pink eye is usually itchier, whereas the viral and bacterial type can be more painful.
Viral Conjunctivitis doesn't usually require any type of treatment. The symptoms take about 4 days to a week to pass. Eye drops may be used to relieve the symptoms.
Bacterial Conjunctivitis requires antibiotics which can be given in the form or drops, ointments or pills.
Allergic Conjunctivitis doesn't require any type of treatment, but antihistamine drops can relieve the symptoms.
When preparing the remedies below, use distilled water and do not save them for more than 2 days, to avoid contamination.
The above remedies are not intended to replace your ophthalmologist's or physician's advice and medications. Consult with your doctor before using them.