So you got pink eye. Try these home remedies

The Hamilton Spectator - - HEALTH -

Pink eye (con­junc­tivi­tis) is an in­flam­ma­tion or in­fec­tion of the trans­par­ent mem­brane (con­junc­tiva) that lines your eyelid and cov­ers the white part of your eye­ball. When small blood ves­sels in the con­junc­tiva be­come in­flamed, they’re more vis­i­ble. This is what causes the whites of your eyes to ap­pear red­dish or pink.

Pink eye is com­monly caused by a bac­te­rial or vi­ral in­fec­tion, an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion, or — in ba­bies — an in­com­pletely opened tear duct.

Though pink eye can be ir­ri­tat­ing, it rarely af­fects your vi­sion. Treat­ments can help ease the dis­com­fort of pink eye. Be­cause pink eye can be con­ta­gious, early di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment can help limit its spread.

To help you cope with the signs and symp­toms of pink eye un­til it goes away, try to:

Ap­ply a com­press to your eyes. To make a com­press, soak a clean, lint-free cloth in wa­ter and wring it out be­fore ap­ply­ing it gen­tly to your closed eye­lids. Gen­er­ally, a cool wa­ter com­press will feel the most sooth­ing, but you can also use a warm com­press if that feels bet­ter to you. If pink eye af­fects only one eye, don’t touch both eyes with the same cloth. This re­duces the risk of spread­ing pink eye from one eye to the other.

Try eye­drops. Over-the-counter eye­drops called ar­ti­fi­cial tears may re­lieve symp­toms. Some eye­drops con­tain an­ti­his­tamines or other med­i­ca­tions that can be help­ful for peo­ple with al­ler­gic con­junc­tivi­tis.

Stop wear­ing con­tact lenses. If you wear con­tact lenses, you may need to stop wear­ing them un­til your eyes feel bet­ter. How long you’ll need to go with­out con­tact lenses de­pends on what’s caus­ing your con­junc­tivi­tis. Ask your doc­tor whether you should throw away your dis­pos­able con­tacts, as well as your clean­ing so­lu­tion and lens case. If your lenses aren’t dis­pos­able, clean them thor­oughly be­fore reusing them.

DREAMSTINE

Pink eye is com­monly caused by a bac­te­rial or vi­ral in­fec­tion, an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion, or — in ba­bies — an in­com­pletely opened tear duct.

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