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Eye Problems: Identifying and Treating the Pink Eye

Updated on July 9, 2015
Red puffy eyes are a common sign of "pink eye"
Red puffy eyes are a common sign of "pink eye" | Source

What is It?

Is the word “Conjunctivitis” familiar to you? Some may respond, “No”! Conjunctivitis is a common eye infection that many know by the name “pink eye”. While it is most commonly seen in children, adults can come into contact with it too.

What exactly is Conjunctivitis or the “pink eye”? Simply put, it is inflammation of the eye. A person who show signs of having it may show and or experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Discharge or liquid coming from the eyes (can be yellow, green, or white)
  • Swollen puffy eyes
  • A rise in tear production
  • Blurry vision
  • Crusty eyelids

What Causes “Pink Eye”? Is it Contagious?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of pink eye because some signs and symptoms may be the same no matter the cause.” However, it is believed that bacteria and virus are the cause. In many cases, this will be how children pick it up. Bacteria is known to make its home on our skin, in our mouths, and other places on the body. This is why children are so susceptible to it.

With that in mind, the condition is highly contagious. If an infected person rubs their eye, and you touch their infected hand, you are at high risk of getting the infection yourself. So far, only two of my children have experienced having the pink eye and since it is so contagious, I usually try to keep them away from the other kids.

Even as adults we have to be careful as well. It is so easy to pick up germs while performing some of our daily task. Areas of caution of course, are places where you are coming in contact with other people. I was in the checkout line at the grocery store and noticed that the cashier girl’s eye was red. I didn’t think much of it, gave her my card to swipe, put it back in my wallet and went my way. The next morning, I had the pink eye. Obviously, she touched my card with an infected hand, I in turn touched it too, and end up getting infected.

How to Avoid Getting the Pink Eye

The best way to cut down on spreading germs is to keep your hands washed. It is also important that children learn proper hand washing techniques too.

How to Avoid Spreading It

Keep your hands washed! Children tend to scratch and rub their eyes when they are irritated. Doing this increases their chances of spreading the infection to others. If, possible, children who have “pink eye” should have limited contact with other children to help cut down on the risk of spreading it to others.

Adults can make sure that they don’t share others eye makeup, glasses, contact lenses, or any other items that may come in contact with the eyes or face area.


How to Naturally Treat Pink Eye

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits. You would want to use small amount of ACV in water to rinse your eye. I use about a half teaspoon in a teaspoon of water and rinsed my eye a few times a day. ACV does sting when you use it this way, you would want to be careful to dilute it well. You can place a few drops in the eye to rinse it.

Colloidal Silver

Many people have raved about their success with using colloidal silver to heal their conjunctivitis. 1 to 2 drops a few times a day is all that is needed.

Coconut Oil Rinse

Some recommend putting a few drops of organic coconut oil in the eye to help soothe and heal it faster. You can also rub some on or over the infected eye area. However, taking it internally may help to heal the infection faster as well.

Breast Milk

They don’t say mother’s milk is best for nothing! Breast milk has bacteria fighting agents in it that can help fight off the pink eye. A few squirts in the eye a few times a day can help reduce inflammation and reduce your recovery time.

Despite whatever method you choose, one thing you may want to consider is treating the uninfected eye as well. This could reduce your chances of having it get infected as well. You would also want to do research before treating infants and toddlers with certain natural remedies.

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