Conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye diseases. Typical are red, itchy, watery and sticky eyes with a foreign body sensation. A gentle way to alleviate the symptoms is offered by homeopathic medicines, which can be used to support the always necessary ophthalmological treatment.
Conjunctivitis can have very different causes. Infections with viruses or bacteria are often to blame for the annoying symptoms. This form of conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Children in particular are often affected by infectious conjunctivitis because they often touch their faces and rub their eyes. Smear infections and new infections can easily occur via the hands. In this way, the pathogens can of course also get into the eyes of adults.
Conjunctivitis as an allergic reaction
In addition to viruses and bacteria, allergic reactions to certain substances can also cause inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. For example, in connection with hay fever or an allergy to animal hair or house dust, the symptoms typical of conjunctivitis with red, swollen, itchy and burning eyes occur. However, this form of conjunctivitis is not contagious.
Conjunctivitis caused by mechanical stimuli
In addition, conjunctivitis can also be triggered by mechanical stimuli and negative environmental influences. Foreign bodies such as grains of sand, insufficiently cleaned contact lenses or chlorinated water can get into the eyes and irritate the conjunctiva. But smoke, dust and above all drafts can also lead to unpleasant eye problems. The same applies to colds and infections, which can also lead to irritation, redness and inflammation of the conjunctiva, as well as fatigue, overexertion and too long screen work.
Conjunctivitis: Homeopathic self-treatment as a gentle supplement
The treatment of conjunctivitis always depends on the cause. For the layperson, however, it is often difficult to identify without a doubt, since the symptoms of the different forms of the disease are very similar. Also behind the observed symptoms can sometimes be completely different and sometimes serious eye diseases. Those affected should therefore always have eye diseases clarified by an ophthalmologist, who will then decide on further therapy. In addition to conventional medical treatment, homeopathic medicines can also be used to gently support the healing process.
Homeopathy for conjunctivitis: Typical potencies and their dosage
For self-treatment with homeopathic medicines, low potencies of 3X to 12X are commonly used. However, choosing the right homeopathic medicine is not always easy. If there are any uncertainties, an experienced homeopath should always be consulted, who can individually determine the choice of the right drug, the potency and the dosage based on a detailed anamnesis.
Homeopathic medicines for conjunctivitis
The following homeopathic medicines can be used to help relieve symptoms of conjunctivitis more quickly. The choice of the right drug depends on the type of symptoms and the trigger of the disease:
- Euphrasia: Euphrasia is considered a homeopathic classic for the treatment of conjunctivitis. The homeopathic medicine based on eyebright can help in the treatment of infectious conjunctivitis on the one hand, but can also be used to support the treatment of allergic eye inflammation. Euphrasia also has a soothing effect on eye problems caused by colds and infections.
- Ruta graveolens: If the eyes are overstrained, irritated and red, as is the case, for example, after a long period of screen work or television, Ruta can also bring relief.
- Belladonna: Belladonna can help if the eyeball is inflamed crimson as a result of drafts or cold wetness, the eye burns badly and there is a high sensitivity to light.
- Aconitum: An important homeopathic medicine is also aconite, the blue monkshood. It is used for acute conjunctivitis that occurs suddenly as a result of wind, drafts or foreign bodies such as sand or dust.
- Apis mellifica: The honey bee is mainly used when viruses or an allergy are the triggers of conjunctivitis and the conjunctiva is very red, the eyelids are thick and swollen and the inflammation is very painful overall.
- Staphisagria : The herb can be used for acute conjunctivitis with redness and itching as well as involvement of the eyelid edges and severely swollen tear sacs.
- Pulsatilla: If the eyelids are swollen, itchy and burning and the eye is sticky due to yellowish secretion, Pulsatilla can also help.
- Sulfur: Sulfur is a suitable remedy for dry eyes with chronically red, itchy and burning eyelids and increased sensitivity to light.