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Anyone know any quick, sure-fire, simple home or over the counter remedies for a touch of conjunctivitis in both eyes?!



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Jan. 30th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Don't take chances with your eyes

Get to a doctor

In the meantime ask a chemist for Optrex for infected eyes
Jan. 30th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm seeing a doctor on Thursday. I'll certainly ask him, but in the meantime, I'll try and bathe my eyes with boiled water and maybe a little salt, as someone else recommended.

I'll be fine, don't worry.
Jan. 30th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm in the "go to a doctor" camp, myself. However, I just asked
my friend tomte, who had this very problem about two months ago, in case she had any ideas for at least making life a little easier, and this is her reply (which also places her on the side of "go to a doctor"):

"I went to the doctor and got a bottle of eyedrops. Took them every day, washed everything and anything my eyes and/or hands might have touched, and used lots of hand sanitizer until it cleared up.

Then I went through and hit all the doorknobs and light switches with Lysol just to be sure. I REALLY don't want to get it again. :)"
Jan. 30th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Good advice, thanks! And I'll certainly go to a doctor if it doesn't clear up in a day or two.
Jan. 30th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, depends on what kind you've got! For a bacterial infection you'll want to see a doctor for an antibiotic. For viral (I used to get those after a really bad cold) you just have to sit it out. For viral or allergic conjunctivitis you can ease symptoms by washing away any crusty, gunky stuff with a warm, moist cloth, and use moisturizing eye drops to help with irritation.

But since only a Doctor can confirm which kind you've got, I'd go with the "go to the Doctor" advice others said.
Jan. 30th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll go to a doctor if it doesn't clear up, but in the meantime, I'll go with the clean with boiled water-routine. If nothing else, it'll certainly help with the getting my eyes to open in the morning. ;-)
Jan. 30th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Swab eyes with cotton wool soaked in cooled, boiled water. A little salt is optional. I usually boil the cotton wool with the water, so I'm sure everything's clean. I'd only go to the doctor if that doesn't clear it up in a few days.

Hope you get rid of it quickly.
Jan. 30th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Great! I'll try that it sounds like exactly the sort of thing I was after, and as I'm only starting to have a problem, I think it might work!
Jan. 30th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Warm-almost-hot water, soak a washcloth in it and lay it over your eyes until it cools. Then take baby shampoo, the no-more-tears kind, as cheap as you like. Take just a drop and add it to a wet washcloth and work up a lather. Then gently clean the goop from your eyes and lashes with it. Rinse. Blink. Walk away. Repeat 2-3 times daily until the pink eye clears.

I'm allergic to the prescription drops; this is the only alternative that ever worked for me. But now I use it at the first hint of trouble, and it usually clears up within a day or two.
Jan. 31st, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'll give it a try!
Jan. 31st, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
I think conjunctivitis is something that just has to go away on its own. However, being a contact lens wearer myself, I have strategies to prevent it.

Only use one hand to touch your eye on that same side. So that if you get c. in one eye, you don't transfer it. Desginate a certain finger to touch that eye, for example to clean out 'sleep' from the corner of your eye, and don't ever touch your mouth or your nose or your ear with that finger.
When I had little kids with nappies, I had to devise a stern strategy like this, because otherwise I'd have c. all the time, due to dirty hands.

Don't start overwashing your hands, though, that's the roas to OCD and dry skin...

Jan. 31st, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
Thank you.

::waves back::

Recent events have sort of rendered the question extremely unimportant to me, but I'm still happy to receive the advice. This morning, I've cleared the goop from my eyes with a warm wet flannel, and I've taken a sick day as I don't believe sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours in a dry-as-dust office environment will do my eyes any good today, quite apart from the fact that my mental state is such that I'm far too distracted and agitated to put in a good day's work; and I'm confident that as long as I follow everyone's good advice, I will be right as rain again in no time.

(Sorry if that sentence's a little rambly; I'm all over the place today).

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