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Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, takes place when conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the eyeball, gets inflamed along with the inside of the eyelid. Though, it poses no danger to eyes but is quite irritating and goes away in 7 to 10 days.
Redness, eye pain, dryness, burning, blurred vision and a sticky discharge are few symptoms of pink eye.
Tips to treat pink eye at home:
1.Chamomile tea bags are very helpful in case of pink eyes. Moist chamomile tea bags and place it over the closed eyes for 10 minutes if you want faster relief.
2.Marigold is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory features. Marigold compress helps in pink eye.
3.Stir equal amount of honey and warm milk and then use the mixture to wash your eyes either using an eye cup or a cotton ball. You can also treat it as an eye drop (once the milk has cooled down) and drip a few drops into your eyes several times a day.
4.Dilute a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water, wet a cotton ball and wash your eyes with the solution. Malic acid present in apple cider vinegar is very effective in fighting bacterial infections.
5.Cooled black coffee can be used to gently rinse the eye four times a day to remove conjunctivitis infections.
6.Soak few jasmine flowers in a cup of distilled. Leave it overnight. Strain the water and use it as eye drops. This method will work like a charm for pink eye, especially for the eye having yellow discharge.
7.Add 2 tsp of turmeric powder to one cup of boiled water. Soak a soft washcloth and use it as a warm compression.
8.Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in 2 cups of water. use it as an eye wash to sooth the pink eye.
9.Boric acid is also very effecting in treating pink eye. Mix 1 tbs of boric acid in 5 cups of boiled water. Use this water as an eyewash.
10.Soak a cloth in aloe vera juice and place it on your eyes. Aloe vera juice can also be used as eyewash.
Do’s and Don’ts for people with pink eye:
• Avoid touching your eyes as it will further irritate your condition and could make it worse. Wash your hands every time you touch your eyes.
• Include vitamin A in your diet which consists of milk products, tomatoes and mangoes.
• Avoid using eye makeup. If you wear make-up, don’t share it with anyone. It can transfer your infection to them.
• Do not wear contact lenses until the infection is cured.
• Wear eye protection when in the wind, heat, or cold to prevent eye irritation.
These tips would have really helped me last year when I had pink eye. Did not knew about them then. Anyway with monsoon coming, and all sorts of infection on a high, I would defiantly keep them in mind.
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