An in and out guide compiling everything over conjunctivitis: 

Let us dive in cuz the eyes are straining:
Conjunctivitis or the term “pink eye” may sound scary but it is a common eye problem that can be easily treated and also avoided by following a few simple precautions.
Who can get it? Practically anyone. Yes, anyone can get pink eye, but preschoolers, schoolchildren, college students, teachers and daycare workers are particularly more at risk. This is because they work closely with others in the classroom.

Let us look into the details of this infection in detail:
What Is Pink Eye?

Pink eye — also called conjunctivitis — is inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids (conjunctiva).
Although the conjunctiva is transparent, it contains blood vessels that overlay the sclera of the eye.
Anything that triggers inflammation will cause these conjunctival blood vessels to dilate. This is what causes red, bloodshot eyes.
Conjunctivitis can have several causes, but many eye doctors use the term "pink eye" to refer to only viral conjunctivitis, a highly contagious infection caused by a variety of viruses.

Conjunctivitis Signs and Symptoms: find out if you are infected:

In Conjunctivitis Person may experience the below-listed symptoms.
  • Red eye: Unilateral, bilateral, or bilateral after the other
  • Classically purulent, however, it could also be a thin, thick, mucopurulent, or watery discharge.
  • Pain, stinging, burning, and discomfort
  • increased sensitivity to light
  • allergy to contact lenses
  • reduced or fluctuating eyesight
  • Redness in the white of your eye or inner eyelid.
  • Increased tearing.
  • Thick yellow discharge that crusts over your eyelashes, especially after sleep.
  • Green or white discharge from your eye.
  • Gritty feeling in one or both eyes.
  • Itchy eyes (especially in pink eye caused by allergies).
  • Burning eyes (especially in pink eye caused by chemicals and irritants).
  • Blurred vision.
  • Swollen eyelids.
  • Causes of Conjunctivitis: stay away from these!!
  • Conjunctivitis is most commonly caused due to
  • virus
  • bacterias
  • Allergens
  • Other Causes May Include
  • Irritant chemicals
  • Contact lense
  • insertion of foreign objects in the eyes (such as eyelashes)
  • Air pollutants namely smoke, dust, fumes, chemical vapors, etc.
  • fungi
  • Parasites
  • Conjunctivitis can be difficult to diagnose because some symptoms are similar regardless of the cause.

Types of Conjunctivitis:

1) Viral Conjunctivitis
A virus that can also cause the common cold commonly causes viral conjunctivitis.
A variety of viruses, including adenoviruses, can cause viral conjunctivitis.
Viral conjunctivitis is extremely contagious.

2) Bacterial Conjunctivitis
Bacterial conjunctivitis is extremely contagious, frequently affecting multiple family members or children in a classroom. 
Bacterial conjunctivitis is transmitted through contact, most commonly with objects that have come into contact with the infected person's eye secretions.
Most common bacterias include  Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, or, it is also caused by, Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (less commonly)

3) Allergic Conjunctivitis
Allergic conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva.
Allergens and irritants including pollen, dust, and mold can cause allergic conjunctivitis.

There are two types of allergic conjunctivitis
Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis: This condition is linked to seasonal allergies, which typically manifest themselves in the spring and summer and occasionally in the fall. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is a condition brought on by exposure to pollen, grass, and other airborne allergens.
Perennial allergic conjunctivitis: This condition lasts the entire year and is typically brought on by indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores. It is Non-Contagious 

Complications of conjunctivitis
Even though conjunctivitis is considered to be a minor and easily curable infection in most of the cases, it can turn fatal if proper medical intervention is not done in required time. The infection should be brought under control at the earliest.

If not treated, Conjunctivitis can complicate into:
Ulcers in the cornea of eye
Inflammation of the middle ear

Say goodbye to red, itchy eyes with Homeopathy:
Homeopathic medicines for conjunctivitis are highly effective natural medicines. They can well manage the eye discharges, the swelling, redness and gritty from conjunctivitis. If taken well in time, they shorten the disease course. They are safe to use without any side-effects.

Combat conjunctivitis effectively: Advantages of Homeopathy

Natural medicine: Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine and is considered to be an alternative form of medicine. It would not aggravate the problem, but it would find a quick solution to relieve you from it. Allopathic medicines contain certain chemicals and drugs which might not be suitable for many individuals.
Can fight all the symptoms of conjunctivitis: This disease has some common symptoms. Some of them are redness, swelling of the eye, yellow discharges, water flow from the eyes, and others. These symptoms can be well managed by homeopathic medicines as well. These medicines work to heal the root cause of the disease and cure it.

You recover quickly: Usually it takes around a week to t10 days for conjunctivitis to completely heal. For this period, it is advised that the affected person stays indoors to avoid contamination and spread of the disease. Adhering to homeopathy can actually reduce the time span of this disease, thereby completely healing you in no time and so that you can go about your daily routine.

No side effects: Most medicines are made of drugs and chemicals and have various side effects. But with homeopathy being a naturally sourced medicinal option, the chances of having side effects are less. However, it is advisable to know beforehand if homeopathy suits you or not. If it does, then there are lesser chances of side effects.
The above factors have made it clear that conjunctivitis can be easily treated with homeopathic medicines. In case homeopathy suits you, then it might be a good idea for you to follow this course of medicine to treat this disease.

Say hello to clear, healthy eyes with Similia homeo laboratory:

When it comes to homeopathic remedies for any ailments, Similia homeo laboratory is one of the best resourceful abode. 
Similia homeo laboratory's manufacturing unit and quality control lab is one of the best in India. When one's priority is obtaining remedies with maximum efficacy from a trusted source that's where Similia India's remedies stands out as the best option for homeopathic remedies
Similia homeo laboratory uses best quality herbs imported from reputed sources for making its medicines. Strict and stringent protocols are followed during every step of medicine manufacture to ensure the quality and effectiveness.
In Similia homeo laboratory we have more than 50 preventive and curative medicines for conjunctivitis that work very well for persons of all ages.
Every remedy is carefully prescribed on the basis of the patient's history and the correct homeopathic medicine can even prevent spread of infection to the 2nd eye. During epidemics too, homoeopathy has a major role in controlling the disease and also it works very well as a preventive in people who are not affected by the disease.It offers a more holistic approach to the Treatment For Conjunctivitis.

Heal and soothe your eyes naturally with homeopathic remedies from Similia India:
Homoeopathic remedies are very effective for both treating and preventing conjunctivitis without any side effects. Some of the important remedies are given below--
BELLADONNA 30- Belladonna is prescribed for conjunctivitis when the eyes are markedly swollen, red, dry and congested.There is photophobia may also occur.

EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS 30-- Euphrasia is also an excellent remedy for conjunctivitis and it is prescribed where redness and swelling of the eyes is accompanied with discharges. The discharges are acrid, watery and of irritating nature with intensely itchy eyes.There is watery discharge from eyes but the discharge from the nose is bland. The eyes tend to water all the time , but becomes more in the evening. The patient feels slightly better in open air.There is frequent inclination to blink the eyes. A peculiar symptom seen in females is that there may be amenorrhoea with the eye symptoms.  

PULSATILLA NIG. 30--- Pulsatilla is an excellent remedy for conjunctivitis with mucopurulent discharges.  It is specifically used when the eye discharge is thick and greenish color. Burning and itching in the eyes is also prominent. The eyelids seem agglutinated.  There is relief from any cold application or washing with cold water.The patient is usually thirstless. There is aggravation from heat or in summer.

ALLIUM CEPA 30-- Allium Cepa is best for allergic conjunctivitis when the eye discharges are bland with marked sneezing and acrid nasal discharge and eyes suffused and watery. There is much burning and smarting lachrymation. Sensitive to light. Better in open air.

CALCAREA SUPLH 30- Calcarea Sulph is an excellent medicine  when the eye discharges are thick and yellow colored. The eyes are also inflamed with itching and burning.

BORAX 30--Borax is best  for conjunctivitis with agglutinated and sticky eyelids. It is used when the eyelids are loaded with dry exudation, causing the eyelids to stick together. Mainly the agglutination is marked in the morning time.

ARGENTUM NITRICUM 30-Argentum Nitricum is prescribed when copious mucopurulent eye discharges are present with sticky eyelids. The conjunctiva is markedly red and swollen.There is photophobia or aversion to light. The photophobia is more pronounced in a warm room. Splinter like pains may be felt in the eyes. Argentum nitricum patients have a peculiar craving for sweets. Flatulence in the stomach and abdomen often accompany the eye problems. There may be excessive belching.

APIS MELLIFICA 30-Apis mel is prescribed for conjunctivitis when severe burning and stinging is present in the eyes.There is lot of edema in and around the eyes. The patient is usually thirstless. All problems are worse from heat in any form, whether in summere weather or going out in the sun. 

RUTA GRAVEOLENS 30—Ruta graveolens is best for conjunctivitis when there is a sensation that there is a foreign body or some dust particles in the eye.There is constant irritation in the eyes and one feels that there is something that has got stuck in the eye. The eyes are red, hot and painful.
EXTERNAL APPLICATION—Instill 3 drops of Euphrasia eye lotion in to the eye 4 times daily

Relief from home: home remedies to soothe the irritation from home:
Few home assistance you can give along with homeo remedies to alleviate the symptoms of conjunctivitis and prevent recurrence are mentioned below:
Warm or cold compress.
Warm compress help to reduce sticky buildup of discharge on eyelids or crust that forms on eyelashes.
Cold compress help to relieve itching and inflammation.
Avoid contact lenses:
doctors recommend removing contact lenses and using glasses instead for atleast 10 to 12 days or until the condition has gone away.
Rinse your eyes:
For conjunctivitis caused by mild irritants like shampoo or perfume, rinsing the eye with cold or lukewarm water for at least five minutes can help relieve the discomforts.
Avoid triggers:
If you know what triggers your conjunctivitis symptoms avoid them to the maximum. 

Practical solutions to stay away from Conjunctivitis:

  • Whenever you are suffering from conjunctivitis, you may prevent it from spreading to others by doing the following:
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. 
  • Wash them thoroughly before and after cleaning your infected eye or apply eye drops or eye ointment to it.
  • Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. This could aggravate the situation or spread it to your second eye.
  • Use different eye drop bottles or dispensers for your diseased and healthy eyes.
  • Stop using contact lenses unless your ophthalmologist says it's safe to do so again.
  • Personal items such as washcloths, pillows, towels, makeup brushes, eye drops, eye or face makeup, contact lenses, contact lens storage cases, or eyeglasses should never be shared.
  • Avoid using Swimming pool
  • If you are in the presence of someone who has conjunctivitis, by taking the following actions, you can lower your chance of contracting an infection if you are around someone who has conjunctivitis:
  • Wash and clean your hands frequently in warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. 
  • If soap and warm water are not available, wash and clean your hands with sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • After touching an infected person or the things he or she uses, wash and clean your hands.
  • Avoid using unwashed hands to touch your eyes.
  • Personal items such as washcloths, pillows, towels, eye drops, makeup brushes, eye or face makeup, contact lenses, contact lens storage cases, or eyeglasses should never be shared.

Red signal for people with the infection: let us not give to others:

  • As important as it is to care for your own conjunctivitis symptoms, you should also take precautions to avoid reinfecting yourself or spreading bacterial and viral conjunctivitis to others.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before and after you eat, after using the restroom, or after touching your nose or mouth following a sneeze or cough. 
  • Pink eye symptoms may make it tempting to touch your eyes, but try to avoid doing so. 
  • Always wash your hands if you touch your eyes to avoid spreading the infection. If you are not careful, it is easy to spread pink eye from one eye to the other.
  • Frequently change anything that comes in contact with your eyes.
  • Use fresh pillowcases, sheets, and towels daily.
  • Avoid using or sharing makeup while your eye is infected. Viruses can live in your cosmetic products, making it easy to reinfect yourself or infect others.
  • Use new makeup when the infection clears up. 
  • If you wear contact lenses, do not use them until the conjunctivitis clears up and throw out any lenses that came in contact with the infected eye(s).
Turning pink to white!! Let's conclude:

In conclusion, homeopathy offers a holistic approach to treating Conjunctivitis. The remedies mentioned above can treat the underlying causes of the condition and offer relief from the discomfort. However, it is important to consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for the correct dosage and duration of treatment. 
Pink eye usually isn’t serious. It’s highly treatable and preventable. Unless your case of pink is severe, pink eye can heal on its own without treatment. The best thing you can do is take the necessary steps to avoid spreading pink eye to others or getting a repeat case of it. If you have any questions or concerns, always call your healthcare provider.

Blog prepared by Dr Noreen Naushad, Manufacturing Chemist, Similia Homoeo Laboratory

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