Conjunctivitis Diet

What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is commonly caused by allergies, fungal, viral or bacterial infections. Increased intake of Vitamins and anti-oxidants are very important to tackle the condition, antioxidants not only help slow down the progression of cataract, but also empower the immune system to fight the infections.

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Diet for conjunctivitis includes foods that help boost your immunity and prevent you from contracting the infection. Including foods rich in beta carotene, Vitamin A, E and C; and excluding starchy, spicy and foods rich in sugar can help alleviate conjunctivitis symptoms like redness, pain, itching and discharge from the eyes.

We are providing the necessary food recommendations for Conjunctivitis.


Recommended Foods:

  • Food such as spinach, turnips, broccoli, peas, onions, garlic, ginger, celery, beans, seaweed, carrots, tomatoes, apples, and oranges are rich sources of antioxidants and are some of the foods that can help prevent conjunctivitis. .
  • Vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene are also very important for conjunctivitis. . Always incorporate foods that are rich in these vitamins.
  • Food rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene are carrots, moringa leaves/pods, squash, eggs and green leafy vegetables.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin E are nuts, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, nuts, green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, avocados, wheat germ, and whole grains.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin C are apples, strawberries, emblica fruit (Amla), cranberries, kiwi, grapefruit, and orange.


Foods for Moderate Consumption:

Sweets, oily and heavy food is to be moderated as these foods may make a person more uneasy.

Foods to Avoid:

Salts, spices and starchy food like potatoes, bread, cereals, rice, popcorn, crackers, lentils, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, black beans and white beans should be avoided as these are known to cause irritation and aggravate pain.

Home Remedies:
– 10 grams of cleaned Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) in 1 liter water should be boiled for at least 20-25 minutes. This water should be strained and filtered with a clean white cloth; this may be used as an eyewash to instantly relieve itching, pain and inflammation from conjunctivitis.
You can also drink this herbal decoction with ginger juice and Indian Gooseberry (amla).
– Few drops of freshly expressed coriander juice with honey may be instilled in both the eyes 2-3 times in a day for relief, Alternately Amla (Emblica fruits or Indian gooseberry) may be used with honey.
-You may apply potato peels  on the eyes to soothe and reduce the inflammation.
– Raw parsley juice, mixed with carrot juice, is effective in all ailments connected with the eyes and other optic nerves. It is  known to benefit  weak eyes, ulceration of the cornea, cataracts, conjunctivitis and opthalmia or sluggishness of the pupils.”

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