Conjunctivitis, the medical term for pink eye, is a fairly common ailment among school-age children. Pink eye can be caused by a variety of things, but most often by a virus or bacteria. It is very contagious and can be transferred via hand contact with anything that has touched the eye or eye area. This is why it can spread so quickly among a group of friends or a classroom of children.
The conventional treatment for most forms of pink eye is a topical antibiotic or antifungal medication. This usually involves a doctor visit which can be extremely inconvenient or costly. Additionally, these medications have many additives that can cause unnecessary eye or skin irritation. Many people also develop allergies to antibiotics due to overuse. Fortunately, there are other home remedies for pink eye that are quite effective.
One of the most proven home remedy to treat conjunctivitis is Aloe Vera. Aloe is readily available in different forms at drug stores and natural food stores and is fairly inexpensive. This natural remedy has proven antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This makes it the perfect way to treat pink eye, no matter the root cause. The most common Aloe Vera products are sold as sunburn relief aids, although many brands of eye drops also contain Aloe to soothe inflammation. Aloe is gentle enough to be used in and around the eye, but read labels carefully and beware of other ingredients that could irritate or sting.
Many people recommend keeping an Aloe plant and use the juice directly from a broken leaf. This pure Aloe juice will not have other additives and will be very soothing to the eye. To treat pink eye or other eye infections with Aloe Vera juice, simply place a few drops into each eye two to three times a day. It is important to continue the treatment in both eyes even for a few days after the symptoms are alleviated. This will help prevent the infection from recurring. One should also avoid touching the eyes and face without washing their hands immediately before and after touching the face. Additionally, it is important to wash any sheets, towels or washcloths that are used in hot water in order to kill any germs or bacteria. Families with more than one child should attempt to segregate the items used by the child with pink eye to avoid transferring the infection to the other family members.