By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published March 18, 2015, Last updated April 12, 2019
Understanding Allergic Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye
Allergic conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eyes due to an allergy. This sort of conjunctivitis is different from the bacterial or the contagious form of conjunctivitis. The allergic conjunctivitis occurs due to the reaction of the body or the eyes to the presence of some allergens.
Cases of allergic conjunctivitis start pouring in as the summer starts setting. As the weather becomes pleasant after a bitter winter, most of the people enjoy the weather. But this weather becomes very unpleasant for people who suffer from allergic conjunctivitis. Every year, their eyes start troubling them. The problem persists for the whole of the summer and subsides on its own as the weather becomes cooler. This happens year after year.
The prevalence of allergic conjunctivitis is more in boys than in girls. The reason for this increased incidence in boys is unknown.
How does Allergic Conjunctivitis look like
The eye becomes red and swollen. There is intense itching or irritation in the eye. One is forced to rub the eye. Watery discharge from the eye is also seen. There is increased sensitivity to light so much so that one cannot open the eyes easily and look towards any source of light. There may be thick mucous like discharge from the eyes. In severe cases, the eyelids may swell and droop so that one has difficulty opening the eyes fully.
Allergic Conjunctivitis does not spread from one to another
As the name itself suggests, this is allergic in nature. It is not bacterial in nature and therefore it is not contagious. Therefore it does not spread from one person to another. I have often come across cases in which children have been sent home from school by teachers because they fear that the infection will spread to other children. This is not true. Allergic conjunctivitis does not spread from person to person.
Homeopathy-the best natural treatment for Allergic Conjunctivitis
The allopathic system relies mainly on steroids and anti-allergic medicines for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis. Even then, it is unable to cure the allergy. It only ends up controlling it or keeping the symptoms under check. In homeopathy, the intention is to completely cure the allergy. Homeopathy recognizes that the immune system of the body sometimes overreacts to some seemingly harmless things. This overreaction of the body is the root cause of problem. Therefore it tries to correct the immune system.
In this the medicines that are used by homeopathy are perfectly natural medicines. None of the medicines are chemical in nature. They are made from natural sources like plants or fruits or vegetables or minerals. The basic material is further diluted by a special mechanism which reduces the content of the original matter while increasing its latent healing powers. That is why these natural homeopathic medicines do not have any side effects.
5 best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis
I have been treating allergic conjunctivitis for the last 2 decades and have had great success. I have even successfully treated quite severe cases where patients had been suffering for a long time. The 5 homeopathic medicines that I am mentioning here have been used the most frequently and have given very good results.
Here are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis-
Apis Mel – best medicine for allergic conjunctivitis with burning and stinging
Euphrasia – best medicine for allergic conjunctivitis with acrid discharge from eyes
Argentum Nitricum – best allergic conjunctivitis medicine with purulent discharge
Ruta – best treatment for allergic conjunctivitis with foreign body sensation
Pulsatilla -best homeopathic medicine for allergic conjunctivitis better by cold application
The dosage and the exact medicine varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity of the problem. This does not in any way mean that only these 5 homeopathic medicines that can be used in allergic conjunctivitis. There are dozens of other medicines that are required at times depending on individual symptoms of the patient. Nevertheless these 5 homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis are quite effective and needed frequently.
1. Apis Mel- one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis with burning and stinging
When a lot of burning and stinging is present in the eyes, Apis Mel is one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis. There is stinging pain as if a honey bee had stung the parts. This is the defining characteristic of this medicine. There is lot of oedema in and around the eyes. The eyelids swell and puff up. There is hot lachrymation or watery discharge from the eyes. The patient is usually thirstless. All the troubles are worse from heat in any form, whether in summer weather or going out in the sun.
2. Euphrasia-One of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis with acrid discharge from the eyes
When there is acrid discharge from the eyes, Euphrasia is one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis. There is watery discharge from both nose and eyes but the discharge from nose is bland. This means that it does not cause any burning in the nose. But the discharge from the eyes is acrid and burns the skin where it touches.
There is burning pain in the eyes itself. The eyes tend to water all the time though the problem becomes worse in the evening. The patient feels slightly better in open air. There is frequent inclination to blink the eyes. A peculiar symptom seen in some females is that there may be amenorrhea with the eye symptoms.
3. Argentum Nitiricum-One of the best homeopathic remedies for allergic conjunctivitis with purulent discharge
When there is purulent discharge from the eyes, Argentum Nitricum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis. There is photophobia or aversion to light. This photophobia is more pronounced in a warm room. Splinter like pains may be felt in the eyes.
There is swelling of the conjunctiva. There is profuse discharge from the eyes which is purulent. The patient is fond of sweets. Flatulence in the stomach and abdomen often accompany the problems. There may be excessive belching.
4. Ruta-One of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis with foreign body sensation in the eye
When there is a sensation that there is a foreign body or some dust particles in the eye, Ruta is one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis. There is constant irritation in the eye and one feels that there is something that has got stuck in the eye. One is unable to get rid of this sensation though there is no foreign body in the eye. The eyes are red, hot and painful.
5. Pulsatilla-One of the best homeopathic remedies for allergic conjunctivitis with relief from cold application
When there is relief from any cold application or washing with cold water, Pulsatilla is one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic conjunctivitis. There is thick yellowish discharge from the eyes. Eyes itch and burn. The eyelids seem agglutinated. The patient is usually thirstless. There is aggravation from heat or in summers.