Pink eye is an eye problem that makes your eye feel irritable and itching. This is also called conjunctivitis and is caused due to various reasons including allergies, bacteria and virus. The condition becomes worse with the pollen, dust mites, make-up, smoke, pollution and eye drops. It shows the symptoms like redness in the eyes, tearing, itching and burning sensation. If the pinkeye is due to a virus, initially it affects a single eye and later it spreads to another eye, it affects both the eyes in the case of bacterial infection. Here are some home made remedies to treat pink eye in a simple way.
Pink eye is nothing but a conjunctivitis, which results in eye redness and swelling. This is caused due to the mucus membrane which lines on the eyelid and lies on the eye surface. The eye lining is clear, but irritation or infection due to the occurrence of the lining with a red and swollen look.
Pinkeye is very common and is not serious that goes away in 7 – 10 days without any medical treatment. The most common caused of pinkeye are as follows.
- Dry eyes from lack of tears this is due to exposure to wind and sun
- Infections caused by virus or bacteria
- Chemicals, smoke, fumes
The pink eye is contagious which spreads easily as it is due to viral bacterial infection. It can due to poor hand washing, sharing objects like towel, washcloth, and better to prevent it. Viral pinkeye caused by an adenovirus, which is a common respiratory virus that cause a sore throat or upper respiratory infection.
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Swollen and tender areas in front of the ears
- Clear or slightly thick, whitish drainage
- Redness in the white of the eye
- Itching and burning sensation of the eyelids
- A lot of tearing
Homemade remedies to treat pink eye
Cold or warm compress
To treat the swelling and redness caused by pink eye use cold or warm compress. Take a clean cotton cloth and dip it in the cold or warm water. Squeeze the excess water and retain the cloth on your closed eyes. Repeat doing this process for three to four times in a day. This remedy helps to prevent the discharge from the eyes. Use separate cloths to both of your eyes.
Black tea on the pink eye is a good home remedy to try it out. It reduces itchiness and inflammation with its tannins and it also aids to fight with the viral infections through their bioflavonoids.
Take two black tea bags and keep them in the fridge for a few minutes. Take them out and keep it on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Follow this remedy for 3-4 times a day. One can also try using chamomile tea or green tea bags also.
The saline solution is indeed one best solution to treat pink eyes in the home. It works like a natural disinfectant and cures the problem fast. Take a cup of distilled water and add it half to one tablespoon of salt. Now boil this mixture for a few minutes and allow it cool. Take some amount and use it as an eye wash with the help of a dropper. Repeatedly doing the remedy for many times a day for best results.
Boric acid is one fantastic way to treat any eye problem. It reduces itchiness, redness, inflammation and burning sensation with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Boil one cup of water and add it one tablespoon of boric acid to it. Now, apply this solution on your eyes with cotton balls, or else use it as an eye wash with an eye dropper, and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat it with a smooth cloth. Repeat this remedy for two to three times a day.
Aloe vera with its antibiotic and astringent properties helps to cure the pink eye and its associated symptoms. Collect the gel from aloe vera tentacle and pour it in to the fresh water, beat it to mix both of them well. Pour this solution in your eyes with a dropper to wash your eyes. Try doing this remedy for three to four times a day.
Honey is the best home remedy for pink eye. Honey has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is particularly due to high levels of the compound dihydroxyacetone. Take ¼ teaspoon of raw honey, ¼ cup of pure water, and pinch of salt. Mix raw honey and salt in pure water and dissolve them completely. Make sure that water is not too hot as it may destroy the beneficial properties of water. Put a drop in each eye by using a dropper for every few hours.
Milk and honey
Milk and honey helps to soothe and treat conjunctivitis. Honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties. Use equal parts of honey and milk and make sure the milk is warm. Prepare a mixture and add honey into the milk. Stir them well until the honey gets dissolved to the mixture. Take 2 – 3 drops of this mixture by using an eyedropper. Drop a drop on each eye several times a day. The mixture can compress well with an immediate look and that too within 24 hours of pinkeye clears.