Eye Infection: Signs, Symptoms, Treatments

Eye Infection

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis, better known as Pink Eye, is an infection of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane which coats most of the eyeball and the eyelids. It is caused by allergies, bacteria, viruses, or chemicals. The signs and symptoms are: red, irritated eye; some burning and/or scratchy feeling; there may be pus or a mucous type discharge.

Pink Eye spreads very easily! To prevent the spread of infection:
1.Wash hands thoroughly
* Before you use medicine in your eyes.
*After using medicine in your eyes.
*Every time you touch your eyes or face.
2.Wash any clothing touched by infected eyes.
3.Do not share make-up. If the infection is caused by bacteria or a virus, you must throw away your used make-up and buy new make-up.
4.Do not touch the infected eye because the infection will spread to the good eye.

Herbal Treatments:
Goldenseal is a specific for eye infections and ear infections.
Make a weak decoction of 1/2 tsp Goldenseal root and 1-1/2 cups water. Bring to a hard boil and then remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through a coffee filter. Let it cool down to body temperature. Fill a dropper with the decoction and drop a few drops in the infected eye or use an eyebath Be sure to sterilize the eyebath after every use.

You can also use an eyebath made from Eyebright and Calendula flowers.

Styes are inflammation of the small glands at the base of the eyelashes which secrete a lubricating fluid. The infection is usually a sign that the sufferer is generally run down.

Herbal Treatments:
Apply a compress of warmed fresh parsley or Calendula flower petals directly to the stye, and take blood-purifying herbs, such as Garlic, Echinacea and Burdock.

Use a decoction of Goldenseal (see above).

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