Homeopathy for Conjunctivitis - Pink Eye
Homeopathic remedies can help to relieve
the symptoms of conjunctivitis ("pink
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Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is an
inflammation of the clear outside covering of the white part of the eye and the
inside lining of the eyelids (the conjunctiva). Many things can cause it. Viral
and bacterial infections are the most common. Pinkeye affects children of all
ages at any time of year. It spreads easily from one person to another or from
one eye to the other by contact with the eye discharge.
Viruses that commonly cause
pinkeye include adenovirus, enterovirus and influenza virus, the same
viruses that cause upper respiratory infections and colds. Herpes simplex
virus causes a rare but serious form of pinkeye.
Bacteria that commonly
cause pinkeye are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus and Haemophilus influenzae.
Gonorrhea and chlamydia
can also cause bacterial pinkeye in newborns; these sexually transmitted
diseases are passed to the baby through the birth canal. If untreated, serious
eye damage can develop. Other causes of pinkeye include allergies (pollen,
animal dander, dust mites) and irritants (aerosols, chemicals, smoke). Infants
also can develop conjunctivitis as the result of a narrow tear duct that
does not let tears flow normally.
Bacterial pinkeye is more common in younger children,
particularly during the winter, and viral pinkeye is more common in older
children with colds, especially during the fall.
Puffy, pink, watery swelling that
feels better from cold applications is a strong indication for this remedy.
Stinging, burning pain may be experienced, and the eyelids may stick together. A
person who needs this remedy often feels irritable, disliking interference.
Swelling with yellowish or pus-like discharge, and redness and inflammation of
the whites and inner corners of the eyes, suggest the use of this remedy. The
personís eyes may be tired and achy, worse from light and warmth, and better
from cool water, cold compresses, and fresh air. People who need this remedy
often have a strong desire for both salt and sweets.
Red, hot, itching can be accompanied by fever.
When the eyes feel sore or bruised,
with inflammation and burning pain, or a feeling as if the eyes are being pulled
back into the head. Yellow discharge can stick the
eyelids shut, especially in the morning. Warm compresses, and warmth in general,
often ease discomfort. Extreme sensitivity to cold, as well as to light and
noise, is often seen. The person may be very irritable and touchy.
People needing this remedy often feel ill and tired, with erratic body
temperature and sensitivity both to heat and cold. Discharge is greenish-yellow
and can irritate the lids and margins of the eyes. A person who needs this
remedy often has swollen glands, offensive breath, and excessive salivation.
Swollen lids with burning tears and a feeling that the eyes are bruised suggest
a need for this remedy. Mucus or pus forms and can make the eyelids stick
together. People who need this remedy often feel sad and tired, acting irritable
if someone shows them sympathy.
Conjunctivitis with thick, yellow, itchy discharge (often accompanying a cold or
the measles) suggests a need for this remedy. The person is emotional and
sensitive, feeling worse from warmth and in stuffy rooms, and relieved by cool
fresh air. Children are clingy and want to be held.
This remedy may be helpful if the eyes
are very red and irritated, with burning, smarting, sticking pains and a nagging
itch. The whites of the eyes look red and bloodshot, and the tears feel hot.
Symptoms are worse from heat, and light will hurt the eyes. The eyelids may look
contracted, especially in the morning.