I work in a large office that was formerly a warehouse. In August, while on vacation, I had a flare up of red eye. First in both eyes, and after visiting an optometrist and using Topomax, now in my right eye only(still). He said I had an upper respirtory(sp) infection that settled in my eye. I saw my MD and he gave me antibiotics which didn't help and I also went to an opthamologist who didn't see a problem. Could something viral last this long? In the past week I've been taking two Benadryls a day, which seems to help somewhat(especially with the runny nose and gritty eye feeling) but I don't want to take them forever! I've also noticed that when I use the computer in a darkened room, my eye really burns.
I mention the building because four of my coworkers have also developed eye problems (suspected pinkeye, iritis, etc) and I'm wondering if there is something in the heat/air system that can be causing this! I thought that since I was up in the mountains when I contracted this, maybe I inhaled a spore or something(if that's even possible).
I would really appreciate some advice on this!
(San Diego, Ca)
When my daughter was 12 years old she woke up with what I thought was pink eye in both eyes. The pink eye would not go away no matter what I tried and finally I took her to a local doctor that took a test and told me she only had pink eye and not to worry. HE WAS WRONG! Well the pink eye would not go away and she also began having problems with her leg muscles. One night we took her to an emergency room and the doctor there made an appointment for us about her pink eye.
Seems that her body was attacking itself and the pink eye was actually her body attacking her retinas!
Doctors at Loma Linda had a round table discussion and could not figure out what was causing her problem. To save her eyes the doctors used steroids in her eyes and eventually the problem stopped but not before eating away at her retinas! If you look at her eyes with a professionals equipment my daughter's retina's look square!
So be very careful about any member of your family having pink eye. If the pink eye refuses to go away see an ophthalmologist.
Thank God what my daughter had was pretty rare.
Hi, I was born with "Pink Eye" conjunctivitis and was prone to it as a kid. My mom would always get me anti-biotic ointment from my doctor, which I hated because the ointment was so gooey. One day (I was in my late twenties) woke up with "Pink Eye", went into a Co-Op Health Food store, and walked over to where they had what would be equal to a Pharmacy anywhere else and the person on staff was a blessing because she introduced me to "Rue Fennel". Rue Fennel comes in liquid form (usually about $9-$11) and I also bought an glass eye wash cup for $4.
Instructions: You have to use "Distilled Water" pour into eyewash cup (do not fill to the rim; you will need room for your eye). Drop 10-15 drops (read the instructions on the bottle of Rue Fennel) into the wash cup and put your head down and bring it back up with the wash cup over your eye and move your eyes every which way you can for about 2-3 minutes. Wash the eyewash cup thoroughly and dry with a clean paper towel before you repeat with the other eye. -Repeat this at least three to four times a day and keep a hot hand-towel over your eyes as much as possible (make sure to wash the hot-towel every time before you put over your eyes). It may seem like a lot to do but it is not (Rue Fennel, Distilled Water, Eye Wash Cup). It works!! The moment I begin to feel the sensation of my eyes start to itch, I do this and nothing ever develops. I even do this if my eyes are just tired from starring at the computer screen all day and my eyes feel refreshed.
This will bless you as it continues to bless me! Many Blessings to you and your health! :-)
I work with children and have spent a small fortune over the years on those tiny tubes of prescription cream. Then a co-worker from England told me he never heard of anyone using a prescription for eye infection. He said everyone in England just washes with salt water at the first sign of infection. Sure enough, I've staved off a couple of eye infections by rinsing my eye liberally with my normal saline solution. (Do it in the shower, it's messy.) The first sign, for me, is the runny eye. It runs clear the first day or so and then gets thicker and whitish. Before it gets any further, use the saline to wash away the infection!
Does saliva works for conjuctivitis
I just read somewhere in cyberspace about a gentlemen who when a Polish grandmother spit in the eye of his brother, his family got real mad. He was 7 years old and his brother was only 5 years old. But his pink-eye was cured by the end of that day. And the lady across the street apologized profusely but identified saliva as a natural cure for pink-eye (conjunctivitis). He says that since then he just swishes water around in his mouth when a doctor diagnosed him as having pink-eye. He says that the doctor told him that there is no known cure for pink-eye (conjunctivitis) other than an anti-biotic placed in the eye and that it takes a week for the anti-biotic to work. However, he says he has found that his own saliva kills pink-eye (conjunctivitis) within a day and it only needs to be done once.
Now, I'm not sure if saliva only works for viral conjunctivitis or bacterial as well...So.... having had pink eye for 2 days now (and I'm almost 100% sure it is bacterial conjunctivitis due to the massive discharge I'm having, mostly in the morning, but also periodically throughout the day)... I just tried it. No swishing, no water, just a teaspoon and a tissue. I spit in the spoon, tilted my head back and poured the spit in my left eye while holding the tissue against my temple. Then I did the same for my right eye. The slimyness of my spit made my lashes hold together for a minute. I just kept blinking to try and be sure the saliva was spreed into all areas of my eyeball. Then I wipped the excess off of my lashes. 10 MINUTES LATER AND I AM AMAZED !!!! The burning and discomfort I have been experiencing for 2 days was gone in minutes. My vision is clearer, and yes in only 10 minutes I can for sure see that the veins and dark red lines that were throughout my eyeballs is VERY diminished. My eyes feel SO MUCH better ! I will report back tomorrow to update my progress.
(San Anselmo, Ca, Usa)
(Montgomery, Tx, Usa)
3rd day using sea salt solution for pink eye. Irritation swelling and itching completely gone today.
Sea salt solution cleared and cured my pink eye in 3 days. It did sting but I knew it would. I did this once in the morning and one in the evening. I mixed 1 tablespoon of sea salt to 1 cup of water in a water bottle. Mix well and tilt your head over the sink and squeeze a couple of times times in each eye.
(San Anselmo, Ca, Usa)
I recently used a sea salt solution to get rid of pink eye; it worked, but now my eyes are always dry, and they get red very easily. Neither the dryness nor the redness (the two are most likely linked) used to happen before I contracted pink eye. Both my eyes were fine.
Can anyone tell me what to do about my dry eyes - I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.
EC: Hi Tristan,
Dry Eyes remedies can be found here.
Hi all, I woke up with a mucuousy pink left eye - it seems like it has been building up to it for a week - and was the stickiest this morning. I tried ACV drops (diluted), then switched to sea salt, which seemed more effective (also snorted some through each nostril).
The left eye is without discharge now, but it is still very red, and occasionally prickly. Should it have cleared up completely by now? Should I wait for another day? I hope someone can help me as I don't know if I'm just delaying the inevitable or am on the right track. Thanks.
(BTW, The right eye seems to be free of it).
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
I tried all the remedies for pink eye: chamomille tea, green tea, boric acid in the contact lens solution, and finally what worked was the sea salt. I dissolved about 2 teaspoons of sea salt in about 1/2 cup of water and used an eye cup to rinse it around. I did this several times in a day, and it went away. Cured!
I have had a very mild on again off again case of Conjuctivitis for about three years. In the last three months with the cold it had gotten worse. (I moved from southern California to a state that experienced real winters). I hate over the counter medication or chemicals of any kind so I came to my favorite website and read a few of the remedies. I decided on a Sea Salt remedy. I got a 16 oz bottle of spring water, warmed it then added 2 tablespoons of Sea Salt and shook it up. I place a soft folded towel on the bathroom sink slightly over the edge and laid my head on the towel. I slowly poured the mixture into the corner of my eye until I instinctively knew to stop then I did the other eye for good measure. Once I rinsed my face I could feel my sinues very clearly! I was breathing and could FEEL it like I have not in a long while. I felt some drainage in the sinues and I guess that is way, not sure but what I do know is that my eye feels better than it has in two months! The thin skin around the eye was breaking. I intend on applying my solution on the hour and the same for the next day if needed but I do not think I will need to. Thanks Earthclinic!
I had pink eye and cold at the same time. I tried hydrogen Peroxide in ear stuff (3%) in my ears in 10 min also sniffed peroxide into my nose it was painful but I wanted to ged rid of cold completely then gargled with cayenne pepper with camomile tea after I had some of them. 5 hours later no more itchy throat, and I felt much better. For pink eye I tried tea method it was fine and got rid of some of redness but what worked for me was wash it with bottled water and salt. my pink eye got instantly became clear!
As a child I had a horrible case of conjunctivitis. For over a month, I suffered from home with absolutely no change no matter how much eye drops or medication the doctor's prescribed me. My family finally took our yearly trip to the beach and after a day, my eye infection was completely gone. When we returned and returned to the doctor for a checkup, my pediatrician chuckled and said, oh "You went to the beach, the ocean clears that right up!" My mother could NOT believe it. We surely would have hightailed it to the beach a week into the conjunctivitis had we known! As a result of my month long infection, I had permanent vision damage and had to have membraned PEELED off my eyelids. I am just thankful the beach trip and swimming in the ocean happened when it did, otherwise, I might have had even greater eye damage. I'm lucky I only have to wear glasses/contacts for the rest of my life.
Had full on infection red pain & swelling. Washed it out with strong green & black tea. Used fresh lemon juice too worked great to get rid of infection diluted but strong straight into the eyes with sterile cotton, only stung shortly. used this along with camomile tea bags soaked in warm green tea left on for 10-15 min 4 x day.