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…
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!
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.
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.
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.