Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, tends to be thought of as a childrenís disease. Thatís what I thought at least until my 6 year old gave it to me, and never caught it herself ( the joys of kindergarten!). While I took the more traditional route and went to the doctor and got an antibiotic ointment, there are numerous things you can try at home. But because this disease is so contagious, you really do need to see a doctor if it doesnít get better within 24 hours of a treatment!
In many, if not most cases, conjunctivitis will get better on its own. But because of the highly contagious nature of it, we all want it to get better fast!
A warm compress applied to your eyes for five or ten minutes, several times a day will help you feel better.
Use a cotton ball dipped in sterile water to wipe the crust away. Always make sure to brush it away from your eyes, and not towards it! You can also use a bit of baby shampoo in warm water to clear off the crusts and help clean your eyes! .
Chlorine can cause conjunctivitis in some people. But without it, bacteria in the water can cause it too! The solution? Wear a pair of tight fitting goggles!
Colloidal silver can help cure the infection also! Use a drop or two in the infected eye, or dilute a few drops in water and use as eyewash. Colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic and has safely been used for a century. It should clear up the infection quickly.