Pink eye is an eye infection which is very common among babies, children and adults. Pink eye is also recognized as conjunctivitis. Pink eye is contagious (if it is caused by viral or bacterial infection) so it is common with younger children. It is an infection of the conjunctiva (white part of the eye) which keeps the eyelids and eyes moist. Pink eye is not harmful but uncomfortable and goes away in 7-10 days without medical treatment. Generally, it occurs in one eye but may spread to the other. People can use home remedies for pink eye with antibiotic or anti inflammatory eye drops to relieve the pain and discomfort while they heal. Here are provided some of the home remedies for pink eye treatment.
Three main types of pink eye (Conjunctivitis) are there such as bacterial conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis occurs due to staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria, allergic conjunctivitis is caused by allergens like dust or smoke while viral conjunctivitis is led by a virus. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis spread quickly from one person to another by contact with a contaminated surface/item or through exposure to infected persons, particularly if strict rules of hygiene are not observed.
Symptoms of Pink Eye in Children and Adults:
- Excessive tears
- Redness, itchiness and swelling of the eye
- Constant pain in the eye
- Crust is formed near the infected eye
- Intolerance to bright light
- A clear white discharge (viral infection or allergy)
- Yellowish and greenish discharge from the eye (due to bacterial infection)
Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis
Ice pack is very effective home remedy to decrease the swelling, itching and redness. This remedy doesn’t treat the infection. Just soak a clean cloth in cold water and remove excess water. Then, put the wet cloth on your eyes. Continue to take ice pack by changing the cloth and water.
Honey and milk
Take honey and warm milk in equal quantity and mix them. Use this mixture to wash your eyes by using an eye cup or a cotton ball. You can also use this mixture as an eye drop or compress. Just drip a few drops of this mixture in your eyes for using it as eye drop or put cloth or cotton pad on your eyes after soaking in the mixture to make a compress.
Take handful of freshly dried coriander and boil them in water. Strain the liquid with strainer and let it to cool. Wash the infected eye with this mixture or use it as a compress. This remedy helps to relieve burning as well as decrease the pain & swelling.
Hot compress by using different oils such as rose, lavender or chamomile. Put few drops of oil on a warm cloth and put it over the eyes till the cloth cools. Apply it for 5-10 mins for 3-4 times a day. Hot compress relieves the discomfort as well as removes the infection from the eyes.
Boil some fennel seeds and let the water to cool. After that, strain the liquid and use that water to wash the infected eye twice a day. This will decrease pain, redness and inflammation.
Apple cider vinegar
Mix 1 Tbsp pure apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Use this mixture to wash your eyes by using a cotton ball. Use apple cider vinegar which contains “mother”. “Mother” is malic acid which fights against bacterial infections.
You can use honey in 2 ways. First, drop honey into infected eye as an eye drop. Second, use it as eyewash by mixing 3 Tbsp honey with 2 cups of boiling water. Use the mixture after it cools.
Take a raw potato slice and put it on the affected eye. Use this remedy for three consecutive nights.
Combine 2 tsp turmeric powder and 1 cup boiled water. After that, use this mixture as a hot compress on the affected eye.
Boil 2 tsp calendula flower petals in 1 cup water and let the mixture to cool. Use this mixture as eyewash. You can also use this mixture as a hot compress, just soak a washcloth or cotton balls in it while it is warm and apply.
Aloe vera juice can be used as eyewash and as a compress. For compress, dip a cloth or cotton balls in the juice and put over the affected eye. For eyewash, combine ½ tsp juice in a cup of cooled, boiled water. You can add ½ tsp boric acid as a preservative.
Mix the 1 cup Indian gooseberry juice with 2 tsp honey and drink this mixture 2 times a day.
The juice of vegetables is very helpful in conjunctivitis. Mix 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml carrot juice to make spinach and carrot juice. To make parsley and carrot juice, combine 200 ml raw parsley (prajmoda) juice with 300 ml carrot juice.
Lemon juice is among the useful home remedies for conjunctivitis. Just take few drops of lemon juice in your palm and apply it outside of the affected area (white area) with the help of clean finger. Lemon juice will give stinging sensation for 5 mins but it helps to ooze out pus.
Take some salt and add it to boiling water. Dip cotton ball in the mixture and put it on the affected area. The salted solution is among the easiest yet one of the most helpful remedies for conjunctivitis.
Yogurt is one of the beneficial home remedies for conjunctivitis. Just apply some poultice yogurt over the affected area of the eye.
Other Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis:
- You can use rose water as an eye drop.
- Elderberry blossom tea can be used as eyewash.
- Use boric acid or warm milk as a hot compress or eyewash.
- Put 2 teabags of chamomile (moist) over the affected eye for 10 minute.
- You can also use marigold and chamomile compress to treat conjunctivitis.
- Lactating mothers can use breast milk over the affected area of the infants.
- To treat conjunctivitis, just put a cold bread slice over the infected eye.