Information on Conjuncivitis (Pinkeye)
Notes, Nutrients, Herbs/Supplements, and Advice
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Commonly called pink eye. Conjunctiva is thin and clear membrane over the white part of the eye and can also line the eyelid. Should this area become inflamed, it is called conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, a virus, an allergic reaction causing itching and tearing, GPC. GPC is a type of conjunctivitis usually affecting both eyes and its full name is Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.
- Pink eye is treated with antibiotics.
Enhances immune system. Emulsion form is recommended when using in high doses.
Enhances immune system. Prevents inflammation. Promotes healing.
Enhances immune system.
Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.
Calendula, Chamomile, Fennel, and/or Eyebright
These four herbs can be made into an herbal tea. In addition, Eyebright can be taken internally via a capsule or via a tea. Eyebright can be useful for all types of infection or swelling around the eye. Eyebright can also be used as an eye wash to rinse any debris out of the eyes.
The American Indians were users of Goldenseal when they treated eye problems topically. Goldenseal can either be used separately or along with eyebright as treatments for infections caused by conjunctivitis.
Do not use goldenseal for more than seven days, and don't take it if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma.
- A natural astringent affect is caused by a fresh peeled and grated potato wrapped in gauze. Use this for swollen lids. It also promotes healing.
- Eat more leafy green vegetables (like collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens), legumes, yellow vegetables, berries (blueberries, blackberries, and cherries), and other raw fruits and vegetables. Eat a lot of foods that provide vitamins E and C.
- Place hot compresses on the eyes several times a day. These hot compresses can be made of herbal teas (like calendula, chamomile, fennel, or eyebright).
- See your doctor if you experience pain or blurry vision.