Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or redness of the lining of the white part of the eye and the underside of the eyelid (conjunctiva) that can be caused by infection, allergic reaction, or physical agents like infrared or ultraviolet light. or it can be related to systemic diseases, such as Reiter syndrome. Also known as pinkeye
Causative factors for conjunctivitis:
- Viral infections
- Bacterial infections (such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia)
- Irritants such as shampoos, dirt, smoke, and pool chlorine
- Allergies, like dust, pollen, or a special type of allergy that affects some contact lens wearers
- Other common causes include blepharitis, corneal abrasion, foreign body, subconjunctival hemorrhage, keratitis, iritis, glaucoma, chemical burn, and scleritis
Types of conjunctivitis
- Bacterial conjunctivitis- Bacterial conjunctivitis is an infection caused by bacteria, such as staphylococci, streptococci or haemophilus
- Viral conjunctivitis- Viral conjunctivitis is often associated with the common cold. This may be caused by a virus called ‘adenovirus’. This type of conjunctivitis can spread rapidly
- Chlamydia conjunctivitis- This type of conjunctivitis is caused by an organism called Chlamydia trachomatis. This organism may also affect other parts of the body and can cause the sexually transmitted infection Chlamydia
- Allergic conjunctivitis – Allergic conjunctivitis is common in people who have other signs of allergic disease, such as hay fever, asthma and eczema. The conjunctivitis is often caused by antigens like pollen, dust mites or cosmetics.
It Allergic rhinitis includes
- Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis
- Perennial allergic conjunctivitis
- Contact dermatoconjunctivitis
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis
- Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
- Swelling of the conjunctiva (the thin layer that lines the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid) and/or eyelids
- Increased amount of tears
- Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
- Green or white discharge from the eye
- Burning eyes
- Blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Feeling like a foreign body is in the eye(s) or an urge to rub the eye(s)
How to Diagnose conjunctivitis?
Usually Diagnosis is based on examination of the eyes and the history of that illness. Sometimes, a swab has to be taken from the eye – especially if there is no improvement on standard treatment.
In some cases that are severe or do not respond to treatment, you may need to see an ophthalmologist.
Physical examination reveals peripheral injection of the bulbar Conjunctival vessels. In children, possible systemic symptoms include sore throat or fever, if the conjunctivitis is suspected of being of adenoviral origin.
Lymphocytes are predominant in stained smears of Conjunctival scrapings if conjunctivitis is caused by a virus. Polymorph nuclear cells predominate if conjunctivitis is due to bacteria; eosinophils, if it’s allergy related. Culture and sensitivity tests indentify the causative bacterial organisms and indicate appropriate antibiotic therapy in conventional medicine.
How Homoeopathy helps to cure conjunctivitis
Homoeopathy will help to minimize the inflammation and pain and discomfort felt. Consult a medical professional if a significant improvement is not observed in the course of a week or after the treatment has been followed for a considerable length of time. Homeopathic remedies can help to reduce inflammation and ease discomfort in conjunctivitis Homeopathic remedies are prescribed by symptoms rather than conditions, as each case of a particular illness can manifest differently in different people. However, to make it quicker to find the symptoms related to Conjunctivitis, the symptoms experienced by a previous visitor to our homeopathic remedy finder have been grouped, by them, under the name of Conjunctivitis. There may be symptoms not related to Conjunctivitis, and this may not be an exhaustive list of symptoms. Although very few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider the following remedies for the treatment of conjunctivitis based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account your constitutional type — your physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual
Commonly indicated Homoeopathic remedies:
Arg.nit: Inner canthus of the eyes swollen and red. Blurred vision.Photophobia in warm room. Purulent opthalmia.Great swelling of conjunctiva, discharge abundent and purulent. Unable to keep eyes fixed steadility, worse from warm room.Aching,tired feeling in eyes, relieved by closing or pressing up on them. Paretic condition of ciliary muscles. Acute granular conjunctivitis. Ulcers in cornea.
Natrum.mur: Eyelids heavy and bruised, muscles weak and stiff. Fiery, zigzag appearance around all objects. Burning in eyes. Stricture of lachrymal duct with suppuration.Lachrymation burning and acrid. Lids swollen.Asthenopia due to insufficiency of internal recti muscles. Pain in eyes when looking down.
Apis: Swollen, red, oedematous eyes.Bruning and stinging in eyes.Conjunctiva bright, red and puffy.Lachrymation hot.Photophobia.Sudden piercing pains around the orbits.Serous exudation, oedema and sharp pains in eyes.Keratitis with intense chemosis of ocular conjunctiva.
Other indicated remedies: Euphrasia, Merc.sol, Pulsatilla, Belladonna, Hep.sulph etc.