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What is the Best Bacterial Conjunctivitis Treatment?

Want to discover the best bacterial conjunctivitis treatment? 

Our eyes are very sensitive and they need proper care. We need regular eye exam to make sure our eyes are healthy. But the sad reality is, we often neglect the sensitivity of our eyes and seldom visit an ophthalmologist. It’s alarming to know that some eye infections are so severe that they can cause permanent vision loss! 

There are others which do not cause blindness but still need proper and timely treatment. It is always better to get a complete diagnosis of anything which is bothering your eyes to avoid complications later on. 

Conjunctivitis can be either viral or bacterial depending upon which has attacked your eye, it is very important to first get a complete diagnosis of the illness. Bacterial conjunctivitis mostly attacks young children with low immunity. If you or your child gets a pink eye, you need to consult your doctor.

Let’s first find out what it really is and then we’ll discuss a very effective treatment for this condition that is totally natural and has no side effects. 

What is It? 

Also known as “pink eye,” it is the disease of the conjunctiva which is a clear tissue covering the white layer of the eye. This conjunctiva becomes inflamed and starts causing problems. The small blood vessels in your eye become inflamed and are more visible, giving this pink color to the eyes. The disease can occur in one or both eyes and may spread very easily. 

Exploring Bacterial Conjunctivitis 

The infection is caused by streptococcal bacteria. This disease spreads rapidly and you need to make sure there is no physical contact with the affected person. Even sharing of eye makeup or contact lenses should be avoided. This spreads very quickly through body fluids so you should not wear contact lenses which are not your own. Apart from human contact, this disease can also spread through insects and pollutants. A person can be allergic to anything which can cause this eye disease. 

It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks to heal and it is a self-limiting disease. If the infection is mild, it can be cured without any antibiotics but moderate to severe infection needs antibiotics. It is always recommended to get culture of the fluid done to make sure which particular bacteria have attacked so that the right antibiotic is given. Sometimes it is often neglected due to the difficulties associated with this type of test. 

Severe bacterial conjunctivitis case; eye leaking pus

Symptoms

  • Pink color appears on the white part of the eye
  • Pus or mucus comes out from one or both eyes. 
  • Irritation
  • Itchy or scratchy eyes
  • Burning
  • Swollen conjunctiva
  • More tears than usual
  • Blurred vision
  • More sensitive to light

These symptoms need to be assessed by your doctor so that the right treatment is done. Viral infections won't need medicines and go away on their own; bacterial infections won’t. 

When to see the doctor? 

  • If the eye doesn't get better after 3 days
  • Pain in one or both eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever not going away
  • Weak immune system which is not able to fight infections. 

Usually pink eye is not dangerous and can be easily treated at home but if you see any one of these symptoms then you need to see your doctor immediately. If a new born baby experiences pink eye then the baby needs to see the doctor right away as it may cause vision problems in infants. 

How to Make Sure it does not spread? 

You need to take care of hygiene here in order to prevent cross-contamination. 

  • You should not touch your eyes with your hands. 
  • You should not share any makeup especially mascara or eyeliner. 
  • You need to throw away all your eye makeup and accessories
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Don't share your towels and wash cloths 
  • Always use clean towels
  • Don't share contact lenses
  • Change your pillow case often

The Most Effective Bacterial Conjunctivitis Treatment

Mostly ophthalmic antibiotic eye drops are given such as sulfacetamide sodium, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, erythromycin and bacitracin. These antibiotic eye drops are effective but take about a week to get the eye back to its normal condition. 

Then there are some at-home treatments that you can follow, such as a hot compress and the use of salt water. Let’s look at these one-by-one. 

Pink eye or allergies?A Hot Compress

You need to make a compress for your eyes with a cloth. Take any cloth and put it in warm water and remove any excess water which is dripping. Place the cloth on your eye and keep it on for a few minutes. You can repeat this several times a day and always take a clean cloth whenever you wash your eyes with it so that the infection does not spread.

Avoid Contact Lenses 

If you are suffering from bacterial conjunctivitis, you need to throw away your existing contact lenses. These have been infected too and would help in spreading the infection to another person. When you get well and put on the infected contact lens again, you will get the infection. Similarly, any eye makeup or eye accessories need to be discarded to make sure that the infection does not spread. 

Salt Water

This is an effective bacterial conjunctivitis treatment at home but it requires a little hard work. Salt water or saline water helps in getting rid of the infection quickly. Salt has antimicrobial properties and would help in removing the bacteria causing the infection. It acts as the regular tear drops you can get over the counter. This cleans the eyes properly and removes any discomfort in your eyes. 

Tea Bags

Tea bags are used for soothing the eyes. Tea bags have anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing any swelling in the eyes. If you are infected with conjunctivitis, you need to place cold tea bags on your eyes for some time and you will notice that the swelling gets better. Repeat it twice or thrice a day and in a few days your eyes will feel much better. It may not completely eliminate the infection causing it and for that you would need some care but it surely will give some comfort. 

Is there anything else you can do? 

Absolutely! 

Although the home remedies and eye drops discussed above are effective, they are not formulated to address the root cause of this disease. Any good doctor would suggest you to maintain a healthy immune system and boost your internal health in order to stay away from infectious diseases.  

These home treatments would certainly make things better for the eye but the root cause needs to be tackled. These infections erupt if your immune system is weak. To give a boost to your immune system, you need the strength of alkaline structured silver liquid or gel. This would give an overhauling of your body and make your immune system strong. Once your immune system is strong, you will not contract infections often. Structured silver is by far the best treatment for strengthening your immune system to protect your body from infections. 

Try Structured Silver Today

The best thing about alkaline structured silver is that, it can be tested right away! And since it is a natural immunity booster, you don’t need to be suffering from a disease to use it. Anyone can use it without any reservation since it’s totally natural and harmless. The best blend of silver and water makes it quite easy on the stomach. The liquid and gel is recommended not just to healthy adults but also to the elderly and the children.