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Is the inflammation of the conjunctiva membrane (the delicate skin which covers the white of the eye underneath the eyelids).

What to look for


Tears, a swollen lymph node, intense itching and redness if you have a burning itchy eye that discharges a heavy, sticky pus. A sandy feeling in the eye, just under the eyelids your eyelids may stick together when you wake up in the morning as mucus dries on the eyelashes and lids overnight. Depending on the type of cause of the conjunctivitis some of these symptoms may differing combinations. The skin just underneath your eyelid becomes inflamed for various reasons the is called conjunctiva (pinkeye), after a few days it clears itself up. Pinkeye can be very contagious but is not serious if detected early  pinkeye normally infects both eyes and produces a heavy discharge of mucus. Allergic conjunctivitis produces tears, itching, and redness in the eyes, and sometimes an itchy, runny nose. If your child sometimes develop conjunctivitis you should see your doctor immediately.



Bacterial, viral infection or allergic reaction is the most common cause of conjunctivitus. The condition can also be brought on by stress and if you do not eat well. After a sore throat or cold some children sometimes contract conjunctivitis. Pinkeye may happen if the baby’s tear ducts is not completely formed or is the infant is exposed to bacteria while being born.

Dietary Considerations

You should try taking Echinacea tablets for pinkeye.


Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis is very contagious. Wash your hands often and make sure you wash them well, Keep your hands away from the infected eye. Do not share personal things with your family like, towels, pillowcases ext. Do not use other people's makeup. Do not send your child to school if he or she has pinkeye’s it is very contagious.

When to seek further professional advice

If your eye becomes red when you wear contact lenses.  If the redness in your eye is affecting your vision If you have pinkeye’s frequently or it appears to be getting worse after a week of home treatment. If your newborn baby is not producing tears and they are inflamed.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

This will help sooth the irritations and itching associated with pinkeye’s. Herbal Therapies: by using an eyecup, try to wash the eye several times a day with a recommended solution. In each case, you should cool and strain the eyewash before using. Personal Care : you must always wash the affected areas and be very careful that you keep your towels and washers separate from the others to avoid spreading the condition. To relieve bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, apply a warm compress for 5 to 10 minutes, three to four times a day. And for allergic conjunctivitis, use a cool compress.

Traditional Treatment


Home remedies are normally sufficient to keep the eyes clean and prevent the condition from spreading antibiotics in the form of ointment or eye-drops will probably be prescribe for if your pinkeye is cause by an infection drops containing anti-allergy drugs is used to treat allergic conjunctivitis.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-19