Natural Remedies for Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)

By Jordan & Kyla Miller

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

Many of us, at one point or another have seen or have experienced what is commonly known in the Western part of the world as pinkeye or more appropriately, conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva – the membrane that lines the eyelid and wraps around to cover most of the white of the eye. When someone has pinkeye, the eyes may appear swollen and bloodshot, and are often itchy and irritated. Since the infected area is often filled with pus, the eyelids are apt to stick together after being closed for an extended period of time. In serious cases, vision can become blurry; in this case, it is highly recommended that you consult a trained professional.

Contributing Factors

Factors that can contribute to conjunctivitis include bacterial infections, virus, injury to the eye, allergies, and exposure to substances that are irritating to the eye. such as fumes, smoke, contact lens solutions, chlorine form swimming pools, chemicals, makeup, or any other foreign substance or particle that enters the eye. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious if it is caused by a viral infection.

Natural Remedies

Supplementation:

  • 25 000 IU of vitamin A (with carotenoid complex, lutein, and zeaxanthin) for 1 month, then reduce to 15 000 IU daily. If your pregnant, do not exceed 10 000 IU daily, or as directed. Use an emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at high doses.
  • 2000-6000 mg of vitamin C ( with bioflavonoids) daily, in divided does. Protects the eye(s) from further damage.
  • 50 mg of zinc daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily. Zinc enhances immune response. Use zinc gluconate lozenges for best absorption.

Herbs:

  • Calendula, chamomile, fennel, and/or eyebright herbal teas can be used to make a hot compress. Eyebright can also be taken orally as it is especially good for eye irritation and inflammation. Eyebright tea can also be cooled to rinse the infected eye. Caution: do not use chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed, or if you are pregnant. Chamomile may also negatively interact with warfarin, so patients using this drug should avoid it.

Other Recommendation:

  • Increase your consumption of leafy green vegetables (collard greens, kale, mustard greens and spinach), legumes, and yellow vegetables. Furthermore, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries, as well as foods rich in vitamin C and E, such as raw fruits and vegetables are also beneficial.
  • Apply a hot compress, using the teas noted above to the eye several times a day. Many of the microorganisms that cause pinkeye, cannot tolerate heat.
  • If your eyelids are swollen, try peeling and grating a fresh potato, wrapping it with gauze, and placing it over the infected eye. This acts as an astringent and has a healing effect.

If pain or blurred vision occurs, seek medical attention. These symptoms can be signs of something more serious. If your symptoms appear to be mild, feel free to try out some of the remedies above and let us know how they fare. The most important thing is to culture a strong immune system so that you can avoid these infections in the future.

Your question(s): What other natural remedies have you used to treat pinkeye? (post your comments below)

Source:
1. Prescription for Nutrional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch

About the Authors

Jordan & Kyla are passionate about health; together, they have overcome many illnesses through dietary and lifestyle changes, and the art of practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Master, and Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist. For more information, please visit the following sites; guidinginstincts.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest


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  • MicheLle

    I used a Solution of ACV 1/4 t to 1/2 C water and bathed my eyes about five times a day and washed the entire area around my eye with the solution to prevent spreading. Within seven days, the infection was gone and I was the only one who got it. It did not spread to the other eye, either.

  • Wondersoul

    The best way is to just use your own urine. A few drops several times will clear it up. Safe and natural. Not recommended if you take a lot of prescription drugs.

  • June Unland

    Colloidal Silver is also effective when the cause is bacterial. The silver ions attach to the bacteria cell wall, block oxygen intake and take about 5-10 mins to kill off the bacteria.

  • P. McMillan

    NOTHING works better than warm teabags on the eyes.

  • Chris Cullen

    I recently overheard my osteopath telling a patient that the best cure for pink eye is breast milk. Apparently, this is a preferred remedy in the Philippines where she is from. She claims it works much faster than other remedies. I have not tried it myself but thought it interesting.

  • Angela

    Yes – I have also heard the breast milk cure as a cure in Fiji. Told a friend about that when he had conjunctivitis and he used cows milk which he said helped. Maybe it’s the fat content that soothes or something?