Conjunctivitis – sometimes called pink eye – is an inflammation of the blood vessels in the conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the sclera and inside of the eyelids. Conjunctivitis may be caused by bacteria or viruses, making it quite contagious. For most kids with pink eye, also known as acute infective conjunctivitis, the condition will usually resolve on its own, without antibiotic treatment.
Most cases of pink eye are due to a minor infection that clears by itself, it vision is impaired or there is pus or no quick improvement, a doctor’s visit is required to determine the cause which could also include allergies, a foreign body in the eye, uveitis, or from contact lens use. In some cases more serious systemic conditions can cause the look of a pink eye. If only one eye is pink that means it is an infection. If both eyes are pink one should consider the possibility of an allergy or a systemic condition.
Is there an alternative treatment for pink eye?
Colloidal silver drops are used by some people but I personally do not have experience with this treatment.
One simple remedy for this eye disorder is to use is a warm or cold water compress. Put a warm compress over the eyes to soothe them and prevent the sticky discharge from drying on the lashes, and a cold one to shrink the swelling and reduce the itchiness. Do this for a few minutes three or four times a day.
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