Also called "pinkeye," conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the clear membrane that covers the eyeball. Symptoms in the affected eye include a bloodshot appearance, crusty discharge, and discomfort that may feel like something has gotten in the eye. Conjunctivitis is frequently caused by a viral infection, sometimes of the same viruses that cause
Medical treatment varies depending on the cause of the inflammation. Common viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment—but if conjunctivitis is due to the
Proposed Treatments for Conjunctivitis
Traditionally, herbal teas have been applied to the eyes directly, or in compress or poultice form. Note : We do not recommend this method because, if absolute sterility is not assured, further serious infection may occur. Furthermore, allergic reactions to herbal products are relatively common, and may themselves cause eye irritation.
As the name indicates, eyebright
The herbs barberry,
There is some evidence that individuals with chronic conjunctivitis may have a
Preliminary studies suggest
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