Treat Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) with Chamomile Infusions
Edited by Ermin, Robbi, Lynn, Doug Collins and 2 others
Pinkeye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, is a contagious ailment and usually requires over-the-counter treatments. More often than not, it is not chronic, unlike other diseases associated with inflammation. Pinkeye can be treated in many ways, including the use of herbal medications. Read on to find out more:
Facts About Pinkeye Or Conjunctivitis
Before reading the treatment for conjunctivitis, read the facts about it, including its symptoms and causes. Before you treat anything, you need to know exactly what you're dealing with. There are certain signs you can look for to determine if it is indeed pinkeye/conjunctivitis. Some diseases are also accompanied by redeye, such as glaucoma. If it is just conjunctivitis, you are likely safe, because it can be treated with certain medications or natural remedies. The only problem is that it is contagious, so you should do something to treat it right away.
Pinkeye refers to swelling and redness of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that protects the inner part of the eye. Conjunctiva is the inner surface of the eyelids and the outer surface of the eyeballs, which include the outer linings of the eyes. If these are swollen and red, the eyes could be infected and thus lead to conjunctivitis or pinkeye.
Types of Conjunctivitis
There are two types of conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis is mainly caused by upper respiratory tract infections from adenovirus. So, those who may have issues with the respiratory tract are likely to experience reddening and swelling of both eyes.
- 1Symptoms of viral conjunctivitis:
- Redness in the white surface of the eyes.
- Swelling and tingling sensation on the eyelids.
- Swollen and painful areas in front of both ears.
- Thick or clear whitish drainage from both eyes.
- Teary eyes.
- 2Causes of viral conjunctivitis:
- Herpes virus.
- Poor immune system.
- Common colds.
- Direct contact with a person who has pinkeye. Usually, viral pinkeye is caused by viruses such as adenovirus and herpes. These could affect the eyes, causing them to become swollen and reddened.
- 3Symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis:
- Swollen upper eyelids.
- Redness in the white surface of the eyes.
- Yellow or gray thick drainage from both eyes, which can cause the eyelashes to get stuck together, especially upon waking.
- Mild pain.
- Painful areas in front of the ears.
- 4Causes of bacterial conjunctivitis:
- Cat-scratch disease.
- Staph infection.
- Haemophilus influenza (type B) - contagious bacteria that can cause such diseases, like pneumonia and meningitis .
- Direct contact with a person who has bacterial pinkeye.
Treatment for Conjunctivitis
More often than not, pinkeye or conjunctivitis is not chronic. It can cure itself after few days, but with medications, it can be cured in less time. Antibacterial medications are often used for treating pinkeye, however, these medications can cause adverse effects. If you do not want to take modern medications, you may try some traditional medicines, such as using herbs. Chamomile is one that can work.
Facts about Chamomile for Treating Pinkeye
Chamomile is an aromatic perennial plant native to Asia and Europe. It has a number of active constituents that have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-irritant properties. As we all know, pinkeye or conjunctivitis is mainly caused by bacteria and viruses, and chamomile has active anti-bacterial properties. In treating pinkeye, chamomile is a great herb to use.
Ways to Use Chamomile to Treat Pinkeye
Chamomile tea: It's easy enough to buy chamomile tea bags at your local grocery store or health food store. You can buy dried chamomile flowers in bulk at the health food store that you can buy at supermarkets. Wherever you buy it, make sure it's organic. You don't want to put pesticides into your eyes when you're trying to heal them. The best way to treat pink eye naturally is by making chamomile tea, and using it as a wash for your infected eyes. You may want to try this several times per day, so that the inflammation and bacteria in your eyes will diminish quickly. While you're at it, make a cup or two a day to drink and enjoy - a double treatment for pinkeye indeed. Another way to treat pinkeye is to place chamomile tea bags on top of your eyes for 20 minutes. Make sure that the tea bags are refrigerated first to chill.
How to Make Chamomile Tea For Pinkeye
It is just so simple to make a homemade tea. In this part, we will be using dried chamomile flowers. Read the steps below to make one:
- 3 tsp. of dried chamomile florets (per cup)
- A strainer (or a teapot with an infuser)
- A pot
- A cup
- Boil water.
- Pour over the dried chamomile florets into a pot.
- Place a strainer on top of the cup. This way, it will separate the dried florets from water.
- (Drinking) Allow the tea to sit for few minutes to cool, and then serve.
- (Washing your eyes) Wait until the tea is cool - room temperature, and soak a cotton ball in the tea, and squeeze the tea into your eyes.
You could make a big pot of tea, but do not store - even in the fridge, for more than 24 hours.
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- Do not drink chamomile tea if you are pregnant, because it can cause birth defects or worse, miscarriage.
- Do not share your personal things like makeup with others if you have pinkeye.
- Frequently wash your hands to kill off bacteria and viruses.
- Consult your doctor about using chamomile herbs if you are allergic to ragweed. Chamomile is in the same plant and herb family as ragweed, daisies, marigolds, and some other plants.
- Those who are taking blood thinners should not drink chamomile tea. There is a possible chemical reaction between blood thinners and chamomile active properties.
- There is no specific limitation for drinking chamomile tea. You can even drink up to four cups a day, according to some health care professionals.
- If you are nursing your baby who has pinkeye, express a bit of your milk, and put a few drops in your baby's eyes. I may sound crazy, but this worked for my son - in a few hours in was completely gone, and he's never had it since. He's 25.
Kimball Johnson, MD - Vitamins and Supplements Lifestyle Guide October 13, 2012
Categories : Physical Health
Recent edits by: Eng, Doug Collins, Lynn