Red eyes can range from a simple allergy to bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. So how do you know if you have an allergy or bacterial or viral conjunctivitis? Good question.
Allergy of the Eye. This is when your eye becomes red, itchy, or you experience burning and tearing with no pus. This is caused by things in your environment, pollen from outdoors, glue from synthetic eyelashes or mascara, hay fever, etc.
What does Bacterial Conjunctivitis look like?
Bacterial Conjunctivitis is caused by fecal matter and not washing your hands properly after using the restroom before touching your eye. It can also be caused by someone else not washing their hands after using the restroom. If you are in a public bathroom and touch the door where someone did not wash their hands, you can acquire this. This is a nasty infection as it causes so much pus and discharges that you wake up with your eye stuck shut. Redness, burning, and itchiness is also symptoms of this. This can spread to the other eye.
What does Viral Conjunctivitis look like?
Viral Conjunctivitis is caused by a viral infection in the body that spreads to the eye. It is an infection of the conjunctiva. It is associated with a cold. Similar to the bacterial form; you will experience discharge, redness, burning, and itchiness. This usually spreads to the other eye as well.
So what is the difference between bacterial conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis? The only difference is that the viral form doesn’t excrete so much discharge you wake up with your eye stuck shut. It’s not as aggressive as the bacterial form and the discharge from the viral is usually very watery.
So what do you do if you have an eye infection?
I’m against taking prescription steroid eye drops for eye infections as I’ve known a woman where this caused her to have glaucoma afterward. So I’m here to give you some tips on how to treat an eye infection naturally.
Raw cow milk or even raw breast milk is great at treating this (3 drops in each eye 3 times a day), but if you don’t have this on hand I recommend colloidal silver. What’s great about raw cow milk or breast milk is that it contains good bacteria that actually kill the bad bacteria on contact making this highly effective.
Colloidal silver is amazing at knocking out eye infections and it’s safe too. Just a few drops in the infected eye three times a day alleviates and cures the problem.
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal Silver is a natural antibiotic, is anti-viral, and has an anti-microbial effect.
Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University in the 1970’s wrote this:
“What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries… All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics… In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”
Several studies have been done on Colloidal Silver and it’s effectiveness. Here’s a few taken from Dr. Mercola’s website:
- Brigham-Young Clinical Study – This study, published in the journal Current Science in 2006,5 found that a number of the antibiotic drugs which had previously been able to kill MDR (multiple drug-resistant) pathogens, such as MRSA, could be restored to full efficacy against the deadly pathogens, but only if a liquid silver solution similar to colloidal silver was used in conjunction with the drug.
- Iranian Clinical Study – This study6 also found that silver increases the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs against staph infections. The researchers concluded:
“The antibacterial activities of penicillin G, amoxicillin, erythromycin, clindamycin, and vancomycin were increased in the presence of silver nano-particles (Ag-NPs) against both test strains. The highest enhancing effects were observed for vancomycin, amoxicillin, and penicillin G against S. aureus.”
- Taiwanese Clinical Study – Published in the journal Colloids Surface B Biointerfaces7 in 2007, this study demonstrated that colloidal silver, by itself, eradicates both MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, another deadly and extremely opportunistic superbug.
- Czech Clinical Study – Likewise, this Czech study published in the prestigious Journal of Physical Chemistry B8 in 2006, also demonstrated that colloidal silver was a highly effective agent against MRSA:
“…silver particles with a narrow size distribution with an average size of 25 nm, which showed high antimicrobial and bactericidal activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including highly multi-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The study further demonstrated that very low concentrations of silver could be utilized to destroy MRSA, as long as the silver particles were very small, averaging 25 nm.”
So you can see that Colloidal Silver has a high impact on bacteria and destroys it. This can also be taken internally for bacterial infections as well, but for eye infections, you will want to put this directly in the eye.
Colloidal Silver and Purity
Now if you are going to buy Colloidal Silver, it’s important to pay attention to not only the PPM (parts per million) content, but particle size. There’s some not so good Colloidal Silver out there. According to Dr. Mercola’s website….
“There are three distinctly different types of silver products on the market that are all labeled and sold as “colloidal” silver: ionic silver, silver protein, and true colloidal silver. While ionic silver and silver protein are the most prevalent in the market, they contain very little or no colloidal silver and can do more harm than good.”
So you need to find True Colloidal Silver. How do you find this?
According to Dr. Mercola:
“True colloidal silver – True colloidal silver products are the least prevalent type of colloidal silver on the market due to the high cost of production. In true colloidal silver, the majority of the silver content is in the form of silver particles. True colloids will typically contain between 50 and 80 percent particles, while the balance will be silver ions.
Because of the high concentration of silver particles, true silver colloids are never clear like water. True colloidal silver with a sufficient concentration of particles does not look like water because silver particles – even very small particles – block light from passing through, making the liquid appear darker.
Potential Danger – None. Due to the very low concentration of ionic silver and small particle size, true silver colloids do not cause argyria.”
Argyria is where the skin turns blue. According to the Global Healing Center, “Before the skin turns blue, the body does give a subtle warning. The body disposes of silver through the kidneys via urine, sweat, and through the hair and nails. Silver gets stored in the nail beds prior to release. If the skin under the nail begins to show a blue color, it may indicate over-consumption of silver.”
Dr. Edward Group of the Global Healing Center states the following on his website:
“Parts Per Million (PPM) is Mildly Important
When it comes to colloidal silver, don’t get caught up in how many parts per million — or PPM — a solution has. Although it’s not a mundane detail, what’s really important is the particle size. Smaller particles can move more easily throughout your body and they’re more bioavailable. Particle sizes less than .005 microns are ideal. Sometimes this is indicated on the label, sometimes not. One way to tell if silver particles are too large is by examining the color of the solution. A dark or murky-color usually indicates large silver particles and other impurities.”
At a glance it may seem like Dr. Mercola and Dr. Group are making conflicting statements on the matter. This is not the case. Dr. Mercola is saying that colloidal silver shouldn’t be clear because of particle size, but he’s also stating it shouldn’t be murky or dark either because this indicates the particle size is too large for it to be effective. There is a balance here. True colloidal silver should be clear, but not water clear.
Personally, I recommend Colloidal Silver by Source Naturals as I’ve found it to be highly effective at treating eye infections, ear infections, and even colds. The link above will take you to the VitaSprings website. This is a really great company that offers a wide array of herbal and natural products. I recommend a PPM of 20-40 so make sure to buy the “Wellness Colloidal Silver 30 ppm 2 fl oz from Source Naturals“.