The symptoms of pink eye are notable, and noticeable to others, and they are no fun. What causes the group of symptoms known as “pink eye”? And what kinds of herbs and supplements can help remedy it? Here is a look at those two questions.
The Symptoms of Pink Eye
Pink eye is the visually apparent and usually uncomfortable experience of redness of the eyes, usually coupled with at least one other symptom. Redness in one or both eyes is the marker of pink eye. Other symptoms that often occur in tandem include itchiness of the eyes, wateriness and tearing, and an uncomfortable painful sensation.
What Causes Pink Eye?
The direct cause of pink eye is the inflammation of the transparent membrane, which covers both the white surface of the eyeball and the underside of the eyelid. This is called the conjunctiva, and the technical name for pink eye is conjunctivitis.
There are different possible causes for inflammation of the conjunctiva. One cause is viral or bacterial infection; There are different viruses known to cause pink eye (e.g., adenovirus). These pathogens are highly contagious, and spread from contact with the liquid secretions of an individual with one of these pathogens. This is the type of pink eye that many people distinguish from allergic reactions, or eye redness from irritation.
Allergic conjunctivitis symptoms occur in response to an allergen, most often pollen. When the body releases histamines in response to an allergen, inflammation occurs. This causes redness of the eyes and symptoms that are similar to contagious pink eye. It is not contagious.
Treating Pink Eye
Pink eye is usually treated at home. Common and very simple methods to treat symptoms include using a compress with a clean cloth and cold water, and using eye drops designed to alleviate irritation. It’s not usually necessary to see a doctor, since the symptoms usually clear up within 10 days of onset. However, if the pain is prominent, or vision is impaired, or if symptoms are not easing or leaving after 10 days, it’s recommended that you talk to a doctor.
Products Useful for Pink Eye
The following remedies are potentially useful in relieving the symptoms of pink eye. Consider the cause of your pink eye symptoms when examining these potential remedies. It’s best to talk to a doctor before trying a supplement or herb for the first time.
Turmeric taken orally is regarded as a potential remedy for pink eye because of its notable anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric is known to help reduce inflammation throughout the body. Since pink is the result of significant inflammation in the eyes, taking turmeric orally could have a beneficial effect.
Probiotics are taken to combat unwanted bacteria. A probiotic supplement has the potential to reduce incidences of bacterial conjunctivitis, and keep it from returning. It is recommended generally to avoid and prevent pink eye, not treat it after onset.
Zinc can be of help in alleviating pink eye that does not occur due to a bacterial infection. Taking a zinc supplement can bolster the immune system, in turn helping to combat viral infections and allergic reactions.
Eucalyptus oil is an herbal essential oil that can be useful in reducing pink eye if used correctly. This essential oil should be infused into warm water and heated into steam, creating water vapor. This can be done via a humidifier or other at-home methods. Exposing one’s eyes to the vapor of this essential oil (and water) can bring some relief. Do not apply eucalyptus oil or any essential oil directly to the eyes, as this will cause irritation.
Pink eye is an uncomfortable and visually noticeable ailment that tends to consume one’s attention. The above remedies are certainly worth considering in order to reduce and treat the itchiness, pain, and other symptoms that come with pink eye. Talk to your doctor about these remedies before trying them for the first time.