What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. When the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, they’re more visible. This is why your whites of the eyes appear pink or red.
Usually Pink eye does not affect your vision, but it is very contagious. You want to make sure you don’t rub one eye and spread it to the other eye, and others around you.
What Can Cause Pink Eye?
- Viruses, including the common cold or flu
- Irritants like smoke, dirt, chemicals in shampoo, and chlorine from swimming pools
- An adverse reaction to eye drops
- An allergic reaction to dust, pollen, or smoke, or an allergy that affects those who wear contact lenses
- Fungi, parasites or amoebas
- Clogged tear ducts in babies
- A sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea or chlamydia
What Are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?
- Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
- More tears than normal
- A thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleeping
- White or green discharge from the eye
- Itchy or burning eyes
- Blurred vision
- Swollen lymph nodes connected to a viral infection
Are You Getting the Right Treatment for Pink Eye?
Almost 60% of people with pink eye receive antibiotic drops from their doctor that are not necessary. Of the patients taking an antibiotic prescription for their pink eye, 20% of patients prolong or worsen the infection with the antibiotic or steroid eye drops. In a study by the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, it was shown to be consistent with a national trend for antibiotic misuse for common viral or mild bacterial conditions.
Not only does your body become resistant to the use of antibiotics when you use them, but it also suppresses your immune system by killing off your microbiome in the gut. This can cause Leaky Gut which leads to a Cascade of issues including arthritis, IBS, depression, anxiety, all autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s, and a weakened immune system to fight off the next infection. Many people who contract pink eye already have a compromised immune system. So to further compromise it with an antibiotic or steroid is only going to hurt the overall immune system in general.
Can You Use Colloidal Silver For Pink Eye?
Unlike a steroid or a prescription antibiotic, colloidal silver is known to kill all viral, bacterial, and other than any other infection from a foreign pathogen. It is also known to reduce inflammation at the source with no known side effects. Unlike an antibiotic, silver actually boosts the immune system and strengthens it while fighting off infection. Not only can you put Colloidal Silver directly in the eye, but you can take it orally to reduce the inflammation and any bacterial or viral infection throughout the body. It has been known for thousands of years to fight infections, candida, parasites, viruses, and bacteria.
What Else Can You Do For Pink Eye Relief?
Apply a Cold Compress.
Pink eye will cause inflammation around the eye and can be irritating and painful. Using a cold compress will help reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain. Make sure you do not reuse the washcloth after applying it to the pink eye, as it is contagious and can spread the infection to the other eye or reinfect the already infected eye.
Clean with a Damp Cloth.
When you have a bacterial pink eye, you may notice a discharge or leak from the infected eye. This discharge can dry quickly and form a crust along the eye, making it difficult to open your eye. Use a damp cloth and apply it to the infected eye. This will help release the hardened pus from the eyelids.
Inflammation can express itself in many ways throughout the body. Pink eye is one expression of inflammation and diet can exaggerate the expression of inflammation in the body. Follow an anti-inflammatory, ketogenic diet to relieve any inflammation throughout the body. Sugar and excess carbs are extremely inflammatory and feed bacterial infections.
It isn’t easy switching to a low carb diet, but you can do it easily with the 3 Day Keto Kickstart Diet which will quickly curb the cravings and reduce inflammation.
How Can You Avoid Spreading Pink Eye?
Many of the bacteria and viruses that cause pink eye are known to be extremely contagious. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention recommend you avoid close contact with others until the symptoms disappear. For precaution, the people you come in contact with should take silver orally 3-7 times a day and put it in their eyes to avoid contracting pink eye.
In order to prevent the spread of pink eye to others do the following:
- Avoid touching or rubbing the infected eye
- Change and wash your sheets and bedding often
- Always use clean towels to apply the hot or cold compresses
- Avoid wearing contact lenses and makeup until the infection disappears
- Throw away any makeup that the infection may have contaminated
Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.