Thank you to The Relief Products for sponsoring today’s post!
Today’s blog post is focused on a topic that many of y’all likely deal with – especially if you have allergies or young kids in school and/or daycare – pink eye!
My husband struggles with chronic dry eye, allergies and also has a terygium in one eye, so he deals with dry, irritated and pink eyes frequently. Our son also gets pink eye a few times a year from being in daycare with other young children (toddlers don’t usually have perfect hand washing skills and are constantly touching their faces!)
According to Web MD, pink eye can be caused by a variety of things including viruses, bacteria, irritants such as shampoos or chlorine, allergic reactions to pollen or dust and even fungi. Symptoms are dependent on the type of pink eye (viral, bacterial or allergy related), but can include burning, itchy/gritty feeling eyes, a discharge or thick mucus in one or both eyes, redness and slight blurring of your vision.
Of course we go to the doctor when we suspect bacterial pink eye to treat with antibiotic drops if needed, but we also keep PinkEye Relief® Eye Drops by The Relief Products on hand to treat symptoms such as redness, burning, watering, inflammation, the sensation of grittiness and overnight crusting in the eyes. PinkEye Relief® Eye Drops are made with 100% natural active ingredients and are homeopathic, so we feel comfortable using them for the whole family (my allergies really flare up in the late summer or when ragweed levels are particularly high).
There are two products we keep at home:
- PinkEye Relief® Eye Drops – to use for daytime
- PinkEye Relief® PM Ointment– an eye ointment designed to relieve night time pink eye symptoms such as burning, watering, swelling, sensations of grittiness, or overnight crusting of the eye.
Now that the school year is in full swing, I fully expect we’ll see a case or two of pink eye for Lincoln, and we will be fully prepared! While we’re on the topic, administering eye drops to young children can be challenging (hello, squirming toddlers!), so I found some expert tips from Parents magazine:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap. If you have disposable rubber gloves, you can wear them.
- Have the child lie on her back with eyes closed.
- Put the prescribed number of drops into the inner corner of the closed eyes.
- When your child opens his eyes, the drops should run into them.
- Make sure not to touch the dropper to your child’s eyelashes, eye, eyelid, or any other surface to keep the dropper free from bacteria and prevent more infection.
- Even if you used disposable rubber gloves, wash your hands after giving the eye drops.