DD (14 mo) has conjunctivitis - have just returned from holiday with family inlcluding two GPs so the diagnosis is fairly unanimous. They both said the ointments are not up to much and have just been to pharmacy who won't give me anything anyway. Can't get to the dr till Thursday because of work.
Anyway, have been told by BIL to bathe eyes in a salt water solution but I stupidly forgot to ask how to make this up, how much salt etc.
Has anyone tried this, how do you do it and did it work?
I have just held conjuctivitis at bay with salt water, in both dds.
dd1 started off, took 3/4 days of bathing her eyes with salty water for it to clear, then dd2 had a minor bout of it, but just needed 1 day to clear it.
I did jump in at first opportunity, though, and it never really took hold.
No idea abot strength - I just bunged some salt crystals in water, and went from there.
I used a small syringe (like you use for meds sometimes) to squirt right into their eyes (not really squirt, that sounds wful, but gently direct straight to problem area) - it takes a lot of holding down, but then again so does using the cream/drops.
The best way to help with conjunctivitus is through the nose and ears. It affects the whole of your head. Get an empty nose spray or syringe and fill it with a few drops of clove juice or tincture and garlic juice for a quick and effective way to help with all such problems. Give it a week or so before you see a benefit from it. No side effects. Oregano oil is also helpful. If there is any soreness then some aloe vera is helpful too. Using sea salt can help, so can using trace minerals. They all contain similar properties. The doctor can prescribe things but they tend to have lots of side effects and you can become dependant on them. With natural remedies it often goes away never to return.
A German doc recommended we use a camomile tea solution and cotton wool and it was the dogs bollocks at getting rid of all the eye gunk. He sent us to the pharmacy and when the cashier saw us she immediately reached for the camomile tea bags so it must be common practice in Europe.
My daughters gp told me if it was a mild infection to wash the affected eye with cooled boiled water obviously using a fresh piece of cotton wool with each wipe so as not to reinfect the eye and to go back for drops if it didn't clear.