In this article, let talk about some home remedies for pink eye.
It is extremely contagious if caused by bacterial or virus infection. Thailand’s Bureau of Epidemiology has reported nearly 50,000 conjunctivitis through the end of May 2016.
It can also be caused by allergic reactions or exposure to smoke, chemicals, dust mites, or other irritants.
Even though pink eye isn’t usually dangerous, it can cause a lot of discomfort with the symptoms including redness, tearing, itching, swelling, pain, gritty feeling in the eye, and/or mucous production that can glue the eyelids together together while you are sleeping.
I still remembered how I panicked as a child when I woke up realizing that my eyelids were matted tightly together.
If this happens to you or a loved one in your home - a warm, wet washcloth compress gently applied to the infected eye (do not rub) quickly dissolves the mucous allowing the eyes to open.
If left untreated for too long, pink eye may cause serious damage to the eye.It can also spread rapidly through a household and in school.
Therefore action is needed immediately to treat the condition and prevent the initial infection.
When you visit a doctor for pink eye, a prescription for antibiotic eye drops for bacterial infection and antihistamines for allergies.
These remedies can be very helpful for speed recovery but they are no doubt unnatural.
Won’t it be wonderful if you can just fix this simple eye infection at home immediately without the trouble of traveling to the clinic, enduring the wait for your turn with people coughing around and paying ridiculously high medical fees.
Most of all, using treatment that is totally natural?
Here are some natural home remedies for pink eye which you can do immediately at home.
For your own well being, if you pink eye doesn't recover over a week, it is wise to see a doctor immediately. ^_^
To make a compress, soak a clean cloth in cold or very warm water.
Remove excess water by twisting before applying it gently to your closed eyelids.
Generally, a cool water compress will feel the most soothing. It recommended for allergic conjunctivitis to reduce itching and swelling.
On the other hand, warm compress is beneficial for bacterial and viral conjunctivitis, especially to remove the matting caused by the pus discharge.
Remember not to touch both eyes with the same cloth if one eye is infected. This reduces the risk of spreading pink eye from one eye to the other and don’t forget to disinfect your hands after doing the compress.
It is not the time to remain vain anymore.
If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them until your eyes feel better.
Contact lenses collect and breed bacteria and virus easily and it also irritates your eyes further, worsening your conjunctivitis.
Throw away your disposable contacts, as well as your cleaning solutions and lens case even if you had recovered from pink eye.
You never know whether there are any remnants of the virus or bacteria in them. If your lenses aren't disposable, make sure you clean them properly with new solution before reusing them.
It is a good idea to wash your eyes regularly throughout the day to speed up recovery.
When cleaning your eye, start from inside out.
Wipe the eye area next to the nose then slowly proceed toward outside.
Always use a clean surface for each wipe so that the secretions being wiped away are not being rubbed back into the eye.
Preferably use cotton balls or tissues for the cleaning so that you can throw them right away after usage.
If washcloths are used instead, put them in the laundry right away so that no one else picks them up or uses them.
Remember to disinfect your hands after wiping your eyes.
For faster recovery, you can consider making an all natural eye wash using chrysanthemum or chamomile mixing with warm water.
Both of them have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and had been popularly used to treat eye diseases.
Put several pieces of chrysanthemum flowers or a spoonful of chamomile in hot water and apply cotton ball dampened with the solution to your eyes after it has been cooled.
A teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water can also be used for washing your infected eyes.
Make sure to use a separate eye washer for each eye.
One common school of thought in treating pink eye is by using probiotics; enlisting helpful bacteria to fight the bad bacteria.
These beneficial bacteria work immediately on contact to crowd out and eliminate the pathogens at the source of the infection.
For babies and children, the most effective non-acidic liquid filled with probiotics is human breast-milk.
If you happen to have a breastfeeding mum at home, get a few drops of it and apply it to the infected eye with a clean eye dropper.
Reapply every hour and see the conjunctivitis clears up amazingly fast.
It is suitable for any ages, even for newborn.
If you do not have any breastfeeding mum at home, you can use raw goat or cow milk instead.
Both type of milk are filled with tons of immunity boosting probiotics (pasteurized ones won’t work) that can help to heal pink eye. But it might take a longer recovery time than human milk.
If you have no access to any of the above, you can use the clear liquid part of unsweetened yogurt (cultured with good bacterias) as a natural cure for pink eye also.
Or use milk mixed with honey as honey has antibacterial qualities and milk has soothing qualities to calm inflammation.
Interestingly, there are claims that using own urine can work too.
According to the claims, urine contains urea, which is an antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent. Therefore, it should be able to fight the whatever virus or bacteria in your eye.
Personally, I had not try it before and have serious doubt about it. Even if it work, i think that it will probably stings since urine contains salt.
So try at your own risk, if you have no other options. And please let me know if whether it works.
Which works for you? Do you know of any other home remedies? Share with us! So that we can benefit from your wonderful knowledge too.
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urine works well for eye infections. I had an eye infection last summer for half a day. Then I remembered about urine therapy. The next morning i collected …
Msduke12 Not rated yet
When I was a child, my mother would have me pee in an old mason jar. Then dip a cotton ball in and wipe my eye from the inside corner to the outer corner. …
Go yogurt Not rated yet
My son had pink eye really bad read about it gave it a try and pretty much over night success
Roma (female) Not rated yet
I use urine straight from the source, using a glass eyebath. It is warm, and yes it does sting a little. A small price to pay for clear eyes.
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When I was a kid every time we got pink eye my mom would make us pee in a container then she would dip a cotton ball in it and dab our infected eye and …
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