Now we will consider:
How to relieve symptoms as a comfort measure during treatment.
How to prevent infection especially if you suffer from chronic pinkeye.
How to determine when you have a serious case and should seek immediate medical attention, especially for infants.
Since there is a lot of discomfort associated with pinkeye, you’ll want to relieve the itching or burning even while waiting for your treatment to clear up the infection.
- You can use a hot or cold compress (washcloth), one for each eye. After letting it rest on your eye, gently wipe from the inside corner to the outside of the eye.
- Another measure to bring comfort if your eyelids are swollen is to peel and grate a potato, wrap it in fine gauze, and use it as a compress. It acts as an astringent and can help lessen the swelling.
- As with any infection, hand-washing is key, right? And don’t share a washcloth or towel. The washcloth you’ve used as a compress needs to be immediately disposed of in the washing machine; a tissue in the trash.
- If you suffer from chronic pinkeye you may want to consider a Vitamins A, B, C or Zinc supplement as it could suggest a deficiency in that department. These supplements help promote immunity against viral infections. Natural Vitamin A (not synthetic) is needed for optimal eye health. Vitamin C and Zinc in particular protect the eye from disorders and inflammation.
It’s is recommended you see your doctor under certain circumstances. Pinkeye may be more serious if you:
- Have a condition that decreases your body’s ability to fight infection (impaired immune system)
- Have vision in only one eye
- Wear contact lenses
- If it’s an infant suffering from pinkeye in your family, it is recommended to see a pediatrician. Eyes mirror health. Discharging eyes plus a cold warrants a doctor’s exam. This is a clue to a probable underlying sinus and/or ear infection. If there is not a cold with red and discharging eyes it may be pinkeye or blocked tear ducts. As ear infections in infants are to be taken seriously, usually a doctor’s office policy is not to treat discharging eyes over the phone when there is also evidence of a cold.
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Be sure not to miss the easy reference chart in Part One along with the detailed list of 7 Natural Cures and their application.