Homeopathy treatment for Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
Conjunctivitis, also known as "pinkeye," is an acute inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye, which is a thin protective lining of the eyelids and eyeball. It is caused by bacterial or viral infection or an allergic sensitivity to an irritant.
The eye appears red and bloodshot, and there is often lots of watering and a clear or purulent (pus) discharge, depending on whether the infection is viral or bacterial. The eyelids are usually swollen. Intense itching occurs with allergic conjunctivitis. The eye feels irritated and painful, and there is a burning sensation or a feeling that something is in the eye.
Conjunctivitis may become chronic or may damage the eye if left untreated .
Is the eye red?
Is there a discharge? What color? Thick or thin?
Are tears present?
Are the eyelids swollen?
"My eyes are all swollen and puffy, and they sting, too!" Apis
"My newborn baby has pinkeye." Argentum nitricum
"My eye is throbbing so much it's driving me crazy." Belladonna
"I can't stop my eyes from watering. I look like I'm crying, but I'm not sad." Euphrasia
"Mommy, wipe my eyes for me. They are all goopy." Pulsatilla
"My eye is burning like it has hot sand in it." Sulphur
Does anything may your eyes feel better or worse?
What kind of pain do you have?
Have there been any mental or emotional changes before or since you got sick?
Do you crave anything to eat or drink?
Do you feel warm or chilly?
Do you have a fever?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
· If the main symptom is puffy swelling of the eyelids, give Apis.
· For conjunctivitis in newborns, think of Argentum nitricum.
· When fever, redness, and throbbing pain are prominent, Belladonna is the medicine.
· If the main symptom is excessive, irritating tears, give Euphrasia.
· If the discharge is thick, creamy, and yellow-green in a whiny, moody peqon, give Pulsatilla.
· If burning in the eyes is prominent in a lazy, philosophical egotist, give Sulphur.
· Give three pellets of 30C every four hours until you see improvement.
· If there is no improvement after three doses, give another medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; give only infrequently in this case.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Treatment
Homeopathic medicines are able to relieve the pain and stimulate the body to heal the infection in twelve to twenty-four hours.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
· Apply a clean washcloth that has been dipped in cold water and wrung out over the eyes. Replace it when it gets warm.
· Rub the hands together vigorously and place over the closed eyes for one minute.
· Do not touch the other eye after you have touched the infected eye, to avoid spreading the infection.
· Use sterile Euphrasia eyedrops to soothe the eyes, a few drops in each eye several times a day.
· Dissolve one-fourth teaspoon of salt in one cup of water. Use three cotton balls soaked in the water to swipe the edge of the eyelids from inside to outside. Discard after using once. Repeat four times a day.
· Take beta-carotene (50,000 IU per day) or Vitamin A (25,000 IU per day). I Take Vitamin C (500 mg, six times per day).