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Conjunctivitis, or “pinkeye” is an
inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the
whites of the eyes. The cause is usually viral (if bacteria are
involved, the discharge will be thick and yellow-green).
Conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergy, irritation from
pollutants, windburn, or exposure to too much sun. Homeopathic
remedies can help to reduce inflammation and ease discomfort in
conjunctivitis. If significant improvement does not take place
within a week, consult a doctor.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Apis mellifica: Puffy, pink, watery
swelling that feels better from cold applications is a strong
indication for this remedy. Stinging, burning pain may be
experienced, and the eyelids may stick together. A person who needs
this remedy often feels irritable, disliking interference.
Argentum nitricum: Swelling with
yellowish or pus-like discharge, and redness and inflammation of the
whites and inner corners of the eyes, suggest the use of this
remedy. The person’s eyes may be tired and achy, worse from light
and warmth, and better from cool water, cold compresses, and fresh
air. People who need this remedy often have a strong desire for both
salt and sweets.
Hepar sulphuris calcareum: When the
eyes feel sore or bruised, with inflammation and burning pain, or a
feeling as if the eyes are being pulled back into the head, this
remedy may be indicated. Yellow discharge can stick the eyelids
shut, especially in the morning. Warm compresses, and warmth in
general, often ease discomfort. Extreme sensitivity to cold, as well
as to light and noise, is often seen. The person may be very
irritable and touchy.
Mercurius solubilis: People needing
this remedy often feel ill and tired, with erratic body temperature
and sensitivity both to heat and cold. Discharge is greenish-yellow
and can irritate the lids and margins of the eyes. A person who
needs this remedy often has swollen glands, offensive breath, and
Natrum muriaticum: Swollen lids
with burning tears and a feeling that the eyes are bruised suggest a
need for this remedy. Mucus or pus forms and can make the eyelids
stick together. People who need this remedy often feel sad and
tired, acting irritable if someone shows them sympathy.
Pulsatilla: Conjunctivitis with
thick, yellow, itchy discharge (often accompanying a cold or the
measles) suggests a need for this remedy. The person is emotional
and sensitive, feeling worse from warmth and in stuffy rooms, and
relieved by cool fresh air.
Sulphur: This remedy may be helpful
if the eyes are very red and irritated, with burning, smarting,
sticking pains and a nagging itch. The whites of the eyes look red
and bloodshot, and the tears feel hot. Symptoms are worse from heat,
and light will hurt the eyes. The eyelids may look contracted,
especially in the morning.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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