Home remedies for pink eye (Conjunctivitis) make sense because it is a highly contagious disease and spreads very easily.
It is preferable to stay indoors but people who have to go outside wear dark glasses. Sometimes it is a funny site to see the odd person wearing glasses while working in his office. But pink eye is no funny business. It is also known as conjunctivitis and is caused due to the inflammation of the outer layer eye. Allergies, bacteria or virus can cause pink eye. One of its giveaway symptoms is the eye turning red and increased irritation and itchy eyes.
When one is suffering from pink eye, one needs to keep in mind certain things like not wearing lenses. People need to use their glasses. One has to wash eyes continuously and with clean hands. One of the major factors that contribute to the spreading of conjunctivitis is the fact that people do not maintain cleanliness.
In addition, people who are suffering from pink eye should not venture outside their homes. In fact, tears keep conjunctivitis at bay as they drive the bacteria away with them.
If someone has pink eye, then what steps should one take in order to not let it spread?
The remedies for pink eye vary according to the way a person has contracted pink eye. If the cause is a virus or bacteria then it is advisable to use antibiotics. The bacterial conjunctivitis can be tackled with tablets, drops or eye ointments.
Even though viral conjunctivitis goes in a few days, in some cases doctors give some medication.
Generally, people should treat pink eye at home. This is simply because venturing outside might make this disease spread. Some of the natural remedies for pink eye given below:
One can use cold or warm compresses. Cold compress works better for an allergic conjunctivitis while a warm compress will work better if the pink eye is caused by an infection. Hence, one has to know how he or she got the pink eye and then use warm or cold compress accordingly. In addition, one has to make sure to use clean compresses. The germs will only worsen the situation.
One has to make sure to keep his or her eye clean and not wear any lenses. When one is cleaning his or her eyes, one should make sure to wipe from the inside towards the outside. One should dispose of the tissues or towels with which one has wiped the eyes quickly and then wash his or her hands quickly. This has to be done so that pink eye does not spread to other people.
Hygiene is of the utmost importance in this case and tops the list when it comes to pink eye remedies. People need to maintain very high hygiene standards. This is simply because pink eye is contagious and spreads very quickly. In fact, if one looks in a persons eye who is suffering from pink eye then he or she will also get pink eye in a day or two. Hence, hygiene is of the utmost importance.
These are some of the usual remedies that one can and should use during pink eye. Some more of the home remedies for pink eye and conjunctivitis, which are not known to many, are:
More Home Remedies
- One can place cool chamomile tea bags on each closed eye for a few minutes (ten generally) and this process has to be repeated every couple of hours. If one does not find chamomile tea bags, one can also use a muslin tea bag or chamomile flowers. One can pour tea in an eye-cup (can be available at most medical stores) and hold the cup to each eye.
- One can also wash his or her eyes with the tea or make a compress with a cloth. This helps in reducing irritation a great deal and is considered a very good remedy. However, one can also soak a cotton ball in the tea and wipe eyes often in order to keep it clean of the bacteria, dirt or any virus.
- Apart from the chamomile and muslin tea, one can also use eyebright. This herb should be mixed in a cup of hot water and should let it cool. Then one should put the tea in an eye-cup and follow the procedure given above.
- One may think there are not so many natural remedies for pink eye but here is one more. One has to wash the eye using a single cup of boiled and then cooled water. After this, one should add five drops of Eyebright tincture and then use a cotton ball.
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All these remedies for pink eye are simple. In fact, if one may observe all these remedies use very similar ingredients and methods of preparation and application. The only difference is the major ingredient which is used and that varies in all the three accounts.
Of course, the job is not over even after pink eye is cured. One should make sure not go out for a few days and stay indoors. If these home remedies for pink eye do not work (this will be rare), people should consult a doctor and keep antibiotics just in case. Pink eye may not be very harmful but it is painful and irritating. Apart from that, it is also very contagious. One must make sure not to be around the kids as they are more vulnerable than the adults are.
One must be careful to avoid dust, dirt and used towels or pillow covers around them during pink eye. One must avoid going to swimming pools or any public place where sharing of anything is needed. Even if one wants to swim, one should make sure to use swimming goggles and keep them on at all times. One needs to consult their eye doctor at all times to know the precautions one should take and till what time. Of course, one can also consider the fact that more than 50% of pink eye cases are cured without any remedy within three to five days. However, prevention is better than cure and one should take remedies for pink eye.
Home remedies for pink eye are mostly preferred for pregnant women but others can use it as well.
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