Pink Eye Remedies
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is inflammation of the membranes that cover the whites of the eyes, and is a rather uncomfortable condition. Luckily, there are some pink eye remedies worth trying. Pink eye can be a viral or bacterial and is contagious; however, it can also be caused by allergies, foreign objects in the eye(s), or pollutants.
Pink Eye Symptoms
Common symptoms of pink eye include:
- Scratchy feeling in the eye(s)
- Light sensitivity
- Pain in the eye(s)
- Blurry vision
18 Pink Eye Remedies To Bring Relief
Pink eye often requires a visit to the doctor, but pink eye remedies can give some relief.
- Warm compress – Apply a moist warm compress to the eyes to give comforting relief.
- Artificial tears – Try over-the-counter artificial tears.
- Use decongestant eye drops - If pink eye is caused by allergies, over-the-counter decongestant drops will help.
- Wash the eye - Rinse the eye thoroughly if you believe your pink eye is caused by a foreign object in the eye.
- Make a poultice of grated apple – Apply a poultice of grated apple over the closed eye and leave for 30 minutes.
- Try a red potato poultice – Grate red potato and apply over closed eye; leave for 30 minutes.
- Eye bright – Mix 3 drops tincture of eye bright (sold at health food stores) with hot water. When cooled down (slightly warm), bathe the eye with the mixture. Do this three to four times per day.
- Indian gooseberry & honey – A cup of Indian gooseberry juice mixed with two teaspoons of honey should be taken twice daily in treating this condition.
- Goat milk yogurt – Apply as a poultice to the affected eye(s) daily.
- Wash hands frequently – Wash the hands frequently to avoid spread of infection.
- Avoid eye makeup - Do not wear eye makeup until the condition clears up, as it can only make matters worse.
- Tea bags - Boil tea bags and let them cool; place over affected eyes to relieve the discomfort of pink eye.
- Calendula -Calendula relieves discomfort and itching and is generally used as a compress.
- Chamomile - Boil chamomile, soak a cloth in the water, and use as a compress once it’s cool enough to place over the eye(s).
- Milk - Place a few drops of warmed milk into the affected eye(s). Breast milk is said to work best.
- Strong coffee – Make strong coffee, apply as a warm compress once or twice a day.
- Johnson Baby Shampoo – Lather up some tear-free baby shampoo and apply in the eye(s) with a warm wash cloth or a Q-tip; rinse.
- Warm salt water - Bathing the eye with warm salt water is often helpful, but will sting a bit.
It’s important to note that in case of an infection, you should make an appointment with your doctor; however, these pink eye remedies should provide some comforting relief.