Conjunctivitis or pink eye is a condition where the conjunctiva mucous membrane present in eyes gets inflamed and infected, and result in pinkish or redness of eyes. This is a highly contagious disease and hence has the tendency to spread rapidly.
This should be treated as soon as it outbreaks in an individual because a delay in treatment can infect other people as well.
Symptoms of Pink Eye Disease
- Itching and pain in one eye or both the eye
- Fever and headache
- Watery eyes or discharge of water from the eyes
- Inflammation of eyeballs
- Burning sensation and dryness of eyes
- Irritation from light
- Pus discharge from the eyes and sticking of eyelashes due to the pus while sleeping
- Redness of eyes
Description of Pink Eye by Ayurveda
Abhisyanda is the Ayurvedic name of conjunctivitis. Ayurveda has categorized several eye-related problems according to the doshas. Pittaja Abhisyanda, Kaphaja Abhisyanda, Vataja Abhisyanda and Raktaja Abhisyanda are the major categories of eyes problems identified by Ayurveda, wherein a person suffering from itching and redness of eyes, severe pain, and inflammation.
Reasons for the Outbreak of Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis can be a result of various types of bacterial, viral or allergic infections.
Bacterial Conjunctivitis - Bacterial eye infections usually occur more in newborns and kids, as compared to elders. These infectious bacteria complete their cycle in around 10 days, and then start disappearing. Bacterial infection in an individual can result in redness of eyes and discharge of yellowish liquid.
Viral Infection - Adenovirus is the commonly identified virus that is responsible for a sore throat, cough, respiratory tract infections and sometimes conjunctivitis in an individual. Conjunctivitis due to viral infection mainly lasts around 5-8 days, this duration may exceed depending on the severity of the infection. Whitish discharge from the eyes is observed in the people suffering from viral conjunctivitis.
Allergic Infection - There are a number of contaminants present in the environment such as dust, dirt and pollen grains, which can cause allergies for some individuals. Allergic conjunctivitis can also be a result of working with poor light, unhealthy eating habits, and lifestyle.
Home Remedies Suggested By Ayurveda To Treat Conjunctivitis Effectively
Ayurveda believes in treating any disease through nature-friendly methods. Hence it has enlisted a number of items that can be easily found in your home and using those, conjunctivitis can be cured. Some of them are:
- Honey - Honey has versatile uses, and it can help relieve the inflamed and infected eyes, by applying a few drops.
- Coconut oil - Because of the soothing properties of coconut oil, it can be used to treat itchy eyes, and to control oozing water from the eyes.
- Gooseberry juice - Consumption of Gooseberry juice along with honey can result in quick healing from the disease.
- Turmeric - It is easily available in your kitchen, and is the best known for its amazing antibacterial A small piece of cloth should be soaked in turmeric water solution and dried and then put on the affected areas to eliminate the infection.
- Lime juice and cucumber - Slices of cucumber needs to be placed on the eyes to get rid of the pain and inflammation. Consumption of lime juice with water as well as applying a few drops of it on the affected area can help get rid of the infection quickly.
- Munistamine: even though this medicine is mainly indicated in respiratory complaints the contents of the medicine has the ability to reduce inflammation. Thus if this medicine is administrated with pthyadi kashaaya /pathyaksha dhatryadi kashaaya /pathya shadanga kashaya etc. It will help the patient to reduce the inflammation to an extent.