Natural Home Remedies for Pink Eye

| 6/15/2012 3:23:21 PM

Characterized by itchy eyes, a mucous discharge and a gritty feeling in the eye, pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation of the membrane that lines your eyelid. It is most commonly caused by either a bacterial infection or virus (and occasionally allergies). Although pink eye isn’t a serious problem, it is highly contagious, can cause discomfort and can even lead to serious eye damage if left unchecked for too long. 

Viral pink eye is usually left to heal on its own, with occasional treatment of antihistamines or anti-inflammatory drugs; bacterial pink eye is usually treated with antibiotics. To speed up recovery—and avoid using antibiotics—check out these natural home remedies for pink eye.

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Clear up pink eye quickly with these natural remedies.  

Natural Home Remedies for Pink Eye

Try an eye compress. Apply a cool compress for allergy-related pink eye and a warm compress for bacterial or viral pink eye. If only one eye is affected, be careful to not let the cloth touch both eyes so as to prevent spreading the pink eye.

Stop wearing contacts. Until your eyes have healed, you may want to avoid wearing contact lenses. If your contacts are disposable, talk to your eye doctor about whether or not to throw them away. Give your case a thorough clean to kill any bacteria or viruses that may have come into contact with it. 

Practice good hygiene. Pink eye is highly contagious. If one member of your family has it, be on the safe side and practice good hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water more often than regular, and be sure to use different towels.