4 Household Remedies for Pink Eye

homemade pink eye remedies

If you’ve ever woken up with a crusty, pink, itchy eye, then you’ve likely experienced the nuisance that is pink eye. Also called conjunctivitis, it spreads like wildfire, which is why it’s so important to nip it in the bud as soon as symptoms show up. While your doctor can churn out a quick prescription for pink eye, there are lots of tried and true home remedies you can also use to alleviate symptoms in conjunction with your prescription.

It’s important to note that before you do anything else concerning a newfound case of pink eye, REMOVE YOUR CONTACTS! They will only add to the pain and discomfort if left in your eye. While dealing with the infection, play it smart and stick to using eyeglasses until your eye is 100% healed.

Now, onto some helpful home remedies…

  1. Damp Compress

When conjunctivitis is raging in one – or worse, both – eyes, one of the best things you can do is treat your troubled eye(s) to a damp compress. For pink eye caused by an infection, a warm, wet compress will provide great relief. If your pink eye is caused by allergies, then a cold compress may work even better.

Whichever temperature you choose, you’ll want to make sure to use a clean, separate compress for each eye. This is key to keeping your infection/symptoms contained. So, no reusing the same compress!

  1. Artificial Teardrops

While symptoms are raging, you may be able to get some relief by using over-the-counter artificial teardrops. These can be found easily at your local pharmacy. These hydrating drops may help relieve itchy, dry, irritated eyes.

It’s important to note that there are several different options when it comes to artificial tears. Some contain antihistamines, an important ingredient in allergy-relief medications. If your pink eye is due to allergies, then you may want to consider picking up a bottle that contains these helpful ingredients. However, if the root of the problem is an infection, antihistamines won’t help and you can therefore skip any brands that contain that extra ingredient.

  1. Honey

Honey is sticky and messy, although super delicious. Still, ordinarily it’s not something you would want to put anywhere near your eyes, right? According to some natural remedy folks… that would be false.  Honey has been used in medical treatments since ancient times. It’s valued for its anti-microbial properties, which can help fight infections au natural.

As some kinds of pink eye are caused by bacteria, honey is believed by many folks to be able to treat the infection. It’s suggested that the honey is first diluted in warm liquid, such as water or milk, and then used as eye drops. Another idea for the mixture is to use it as a warm compress.

  1. Tea

Tea is a wonderful drink when you’re sick. It soothes sore throats, calms coughs, and can help open up congested pipes with its steam. Tea for the win, for sure. But what can any of that do for a case of pink eye?

Both green and black tea contain bioflavonoids, which can help reduce inflammation as well as put an infection in check. To use, moisten the tea bag and simply let it sit on your eye for a few minutes—just like you would a damp compress.  You don’t have to do anything else but enjoy the calm quiet and relief the teabags can bring to your eyes.

And there you have it, four pink eye home remedies that can begin giving you sweet relief quickly and easily. Keep in mind, none of these suggestions should replace your doctor’s advice.

Sources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/tc/pinkeye-home-treatment
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pink-eye/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20022732
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/
  4. http://www.mommypotamus.com/natural-remedies-pink-eye-styes/
  5. http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/pink-eye-symptoms.html
  6. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/what-are-the-best-home-remedies-for-pink-eye.html

Autumn Allergies & Eye Health

fall eye allergiesFall is just around the corner; the warm sun, slight morning chill and mix of soft breezes and falling leaves combine to bring us perfect temperatures and possibly the most beautiful afternoons we enjoy all year. But beautiful fall days also bring us something we may not enjoy at all; natural outbreaks of allergens. In the fall, pollen or molds are at their highest levels. Ocular allergies kick up from being exposed to these airborne irritants that come in contact with the eye’s surface. If you wear soft contact lenses, you will be especially susceptible to these airborne pathogens because contact lenses aid as collectors of these particles.

Symptoms of Fall Eye Allergies:

  • Eyelid puffiness
  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes

Causes of Fall Eye Allergies:

Mold triggers – For decades, scientists can predict how bad a fall allergy season will actually be dependent on the weather. If your eyes are changing with the season into itchy, red or watery eyes, the culprit is most likely to be mold, pollen or a combination of both. Fall brings about an entirely new set of allergy triggers. Mold hides itself in the crisp hay and straw, or under the dazzling leaves we rake. And guess what? Large amounts of rain doesn’t wash them away and, instead, actually fuels this unwanted facet.

Pollen triggers – If you sneeze at spring pollen triggers and have allergies related to spring plants, fall will most likely elicit a similar response. Ever hear of ragweed? Its pretty yellow blossoms hide their stash of pollen that begins to grow in August and explodes into the air during the months of September and October. Ragweed is a tough plant that will not die until the first complete frost. Until then, there is really nowhere to hide or avoid its wrath. One ragweed plant can send thousands of pollen spores into the wind that can travel hundreds of miles in every direction. Wraparound sunglasses can offer some protection from this sticky and sneaky plant debris.

Fall dust mites – The fall season is the best time of year for dust mites to attack. We shudder to even think about this possibility, but in reality, fall dust mites are a force to be reckoned with. During the humid summer months, dust mites have been resting in your furnace. The first time you turn on your heat in the fall the nasty mites are blown around your entire house. To avoid this contaminant, clean your heating vents and change your furnace filter prior to turning on the furnace for the season. Take note, dust mites also are very common in schools. Many children react with wheezes, sneezing and runny noses directly after returning from school at the day’s end. This is due to the awakening of nasty mites in and around the school’s air ducts.

Eye allergy relief:

When dust, pollen or fall mold partials come into contact with your eyes, your body releases histamine. Histamine triggers the nose to run, the eyes itch insanely, and the production of excessive tears. If you seek advice from your doctor, he or she may prescribe an antihistamine for you to relieve those nuisances. If your eye allergy symptoms are mild, over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops are an effective choice. However, if your symptoms are moderate to severe, you should see your ophthalmologist, who can prescribe a stronger medication.

Eye allergy prescriptions:

Antihistamine eye drops prevent histamine from latching onto cells and triggering an allergic reaction.

Decongestants are prescribed to relieve red, itchy eyes. Common decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, help shrink the blood vessels that swell when reacting to an allergen in the white of the eye (sclera).

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are eye drops that are most often prescribed by doctors for seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, also well known as hay fever.

Steroid eye drops are prescribed for severe eye allergy symptoms. Corticosteroid eye drops do have some negative side effects, including causing high eye pressure, cataracts or glaucoma. For all of these reasons, steroid eye drops are a short-term prescription in most cases.

Mast cell stabilizers are prescribed prior to the onset of allergy season. Mast cell stabilizers block the release of histamine, but can take several weeks to take effect. Ask your doctor if this might be a preventive option for you.

Best types of contacts for fall:

Eye doctors receive numerous complaints about discomfort caused by contact lens products during the fall season. In most cases, it is not the contact lens that people are having an allergic reaction to. A majority of the time, the culprit is dust or pollen that gets stuck to the back of the contact lens and irritates the scala of the eye. Since soft contact lens surfaces attract and collect airborne allergens, many eye care professionals firmly believe the best type of soft contact lens to prescribe for their patients that suffer from fall allergies are daily disposable lenses. Since these lenses, like the Focus Daily Contacts and Dailies Aquacomfort Plus, are discarded on a daily basis after one wearing, the lens surface will not have the chance to create a buildup of debris or pollen.

Change is in the air. Everything seems new in the fall. Children return to school with new shoes and crayons. The trees alter colors. The temperature transforms to crispness, and your eyes are ready to take in the surrounding splendor. Like many people, you don’t want to miss out on all the football games, Oktoberfest celebrations or apple picking opportunities. Now that you know what might be the cause of your itchy or red eyes during the fall season, treat with vengeance and prevent those nasty airborne allergens. Go ahead, take a deep breath and enjoy all of your beautiful fall days.

Battling Allergies & Scratchy Eyes

Dry eyes and itching, sneezing and sniffing; no one is going to argue that allergies are anything but miserable. What’s more, contact lenses can further aggravate the symptoms, by potentially trapping allergens under the lens. The result is redness and irritation that can make going about your day infinitely more unpleasant. How can we battle the allergies that can strike at any time during the year? By taking a three-pronged approach. The first step is to limit the body’s exposure to the germs, the second is to treat existing symptoms and the third is to minimize the affect contact lenses has on the allergies.

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Eye Allergies: How To Protect Your Eyes

Most eye allergies are caused by plant pollen, so, as you can imagine they can be rather difficult to avoid. However, there are a few approaches that you can help you decrease and perhaps even improve your eye allergy symptoms:

  • Check out the pollen reports. Your weather channel or any weather Internet site will offer updates that give the pollen counts for your region. When you notice that pollen counts are particularly high, limit your time outdoors, if possible.
  • Have someone else cut your lawn. It may seem like an extravagance to have someone else take care of your yard, but if you are highly susceptible to spring allergies, this can be a very worthwhile measure to take.
  • Limit your exposure to wooded areas. The warm weather always beckons us outdoors, but especially when pollen counts are high, avoid wooded areas.
  • Shut your doors and windows and use your air conditioning. Keep in mind that even when you rely on air conditioning, if you are highly sensitive, you can still suffer because the allergens can circulate through your air conditioning system. If you’re noticing that having the air on is not helping, turn it off for the time being, and replace your filter.
  • Buy a HEPA high efficiency particulate air) filter. HEPA filter systems are extremely effective at eliminating allergens from the air in your home. If your eye allergies are really bad, this can be a great option!
  • Try an over-the-counter allergy medicine that will address your eye allergy symptoms. If you’re unsure of which one to get, consult the pharmacist. And, if over-the-counter is not going to cut it, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options to alleviate your eye allergies.