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Eye odor is usually a symptom of conjunctivitis.
Eye odor is usually a symptom of conjunctivitis. (Image: eye image by Stanisa Martinovic from Fotolia.com)

Eye odor is a rare occurrence that is usually connected to discharge from the eye caused by conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is not usually a serious condition, and there are a number of ways to treat it. Eye odor usually occurs at the same time as crusting around the eye.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is a condition that affects the membrane and outer part of your eye. The membrane swells and causes itching, redness, discharge, overnight crusting, swelling and a sensitivity to light. The eye may also feel particularly gritty and dry, even if it is plainly producing tears. Conjunctivitis can be caused by allergies, bacterial infection or a virus. You can tell each type by the symptoms. Eye odor, usually caused by a yellow discharge, may indicate either a viral or a bacterial infection.

Treatment

Eye odor caused by viral conjunctivitis will usually be allowed to run its course because it generally goes away on its own. You may also be prescribed eye drops containing acyclovir or trifluridine. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require antibacterial eye drops containing sodium sulfacetamide or azithromycin. Ointments that contain erythomycin, bacitracin or neomycin may also be prescribed .

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies that may be helpful to relieve the discharge that causes eye odor include chamomile, fennel seed and marigold, which can all help to fight infection. As well as fighting infection, eyebright also works to dry up excess fluid in the eye, which may also reduce odor and crusting. These herbs should be crushed and mixed in a solution with boiling water and tincture, soaked into gauze pads, and applied to the affected eye.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies have not been scientifically proven to have any benefit to the user. However, some people may find that a solution of water and sulfur will help to relieve discharge leading to eye odor and overnight crustiness.

Considerations

It is vital to visit the doctor if you are experiencing eye odor. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are extremely contagious, so wash your hands often, use a personal towel, and try not to come into contact with others. Do not wear contact lenses while suffering from any eye conditions as they can make the problem worse. If you decide to use herbal or homeopathic remedies, check with your doctor to ensure they do not conflict with any medication that you are already taking.

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