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How to treat conjunctivitis

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Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, can itch. It can hurt and make you feel as though you have had sand thrown in your eyes. It can feel pretty awful and can also injure your eyes if caused by bacteria or a virus and can spread like the plague. When eyes are red, irritated and glued shut with a gummy secretion, you have probably got the pink eye. It's an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that lines the inner eyelids and sheathes the globe of the eye. Amongst other causes are allergic reaction to pollen, cosmetics, contact lens solution or other cleaning solution or substances. depending on the type, the eyes may burn, itch or run profusely and become intensely sensitive to light. A sticky discharge glues your eyelashes and eyelids together while you sleep. Here are some steps to take to ease the itch and control crusting at home.
What you'll need: 
Warm slightly salted water
Clean flannel Baby shampoo
Cotton wool
Golden seal eyewash
Sterile eye dropper
Hot or cold compress can help. If you have considerable discharge from your eyes, run a flannel under warm water and use it as a compress to prevent sticky secretions from drying out on the lashes.
Use a cold compress (soak flannel in iced water) to shrink swelling and reduce itchiness, especially if your conjunctivitis is caused by allergies. Do either one or both for 5 minutes three or four times daily. Use a clean flannel each time.
Wipe away secretions and crusty material with a cotton wool ball soaked in 1 part baby shampoo to 10 parts warm water. The warm water loosens the crusts and the shampoo cleans the area where the eyelids and lashes meet.
Use an eyelash made of lightly salted water. Bring a pint of water to a boil, add a teaspoon of salt and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes. Let the solution cool down.
Use a sterile eye dropper or eye bath to apply the wash. After each treatment, sterilize the eye stopper or eye bath again in boiling water.
A goldenseal eyewash will help fight infection. Goldenseal contains a compound called berberine that has antibacterial properties.
To make the wash, steep 1 teaspoon of dried goldenseal in boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and let it cool. Apply with a sterile eye dropper three times daily.
If your doctor has prescribed antibiotic or steroid eye drops or ointments, use them each night before you go to bed to ensure that the eyelids don't get glued shut while you sleep.
Make sure each flannel used is a new one
Never touch the tip of the eye dropper to each tip so not to reinfect the eyes during the treatment phase.
Start by seeking the advice of the doctor


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