Natural Remedies for Pinkeye

Pinkeye is a very contagious disease, despite that it is not very common, and is characterized by a redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, which is the mucous membrane that lines the eye’s lid and surface. Typically, the lining is clear, leading to the white look of the eyeball. If irritation occurs (or infection in this case), the lining becomes red and swollen. If left untreated, pinkeye is rarely serious and is usually gone in 7 to 10 days, even without medical treatment. Cases of pinkeye can be caused by a variety of small troubles, including dry eyes, chemicals, and allergies. We will cover the viral and bacterial pinkeye infections.

How can I prevent pink eye?

  • Pinkeye is spread through contact with eye drainage and contains the virus or bacteria. Touching the eye leaves the drainage on your hand, and touching an object that is in common contact with others may lead to its spread. Therefore, washing hands after touching the eyes and face is very important.
  • Do not share eye makeup.
  • Do not share contact lens equipment, and do not wear the lenses until the infection is cleared.
  • Do not share towels and use only clean linens.
  • Wear eye protection in inclement weather or when working with chemicals to prevent irritation.

What are the symptoms of pink eye?

  • The eye becomes red, swollen, and itchy or burning.
  • Swollen and tender areas in front of the ears.
  • Eyes tear up often.
  • Slightly thick clear or white drainage.

How do I get rid of pink eye?

  • If caused by the herpes virus, which is rare, pinkeye can be treated with antiviral medicine, but other viral versions are not. For bacterial pinkeye, antibiotics are available which usually kills it in two to four days.
  • Natural remedies include methods of flushing the eye. Using cool salt water (boil to dissolve first), the eye can be flushed using a dropped several times a day until symptoms resolve. An herbal eyewash with consisting of comfrey root, raspberry leaf, goldenseal root, and water (a teaspoon of each steeped for an hour) will help relieve symptoms and flush the affliction.
  • Another technique is to allow a teabag to steep for a few minutes in hot water, then remove to let cool. Place the teabag on the affected eye for at least five minutes, although 15 to 20 is preferable. Repeat three to four times per day, and there is usually marked improvement after one day.
  • A probiotic-laden, non-acidic liquid (like breast milk or raw cow/goat milk) applied with a clean eye dropper is also very effective.
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