How can you treat con­junc­tivi­tis at home

Fiji Sun - - Sun Spectrum - Source: Mom­my­pota­mus

Be­cause pink eye can be highly con­ta­gious, it is usu­ally rec­om­mended that in­di­vid­u­als treat both eyes even if only one has symp­toms

Honey

In­gre­di­ents:

1/4 tea­spoon raw honey

1/4 cup pure wa­ter

pinch of salt (op­tional) Dis­solve raw honey and op­tional salt in pure warm wa­ter. Don’t get the wa­ter too hot or it may de­stroy some of the ben­e­fi­cial prop­er­ties of the wa­ter. If your wa­ter is not su­per pure (re­verse os­mo­sis, dis­tilled, etc), con­sider boil­ing it and al­low­ing it to cool be­fore creat­ing your mix­ture. Us­ing a clean drop­per, place a 1-2 drops in each eye ev­ery few hours as needed.

Breast Milk

Squirt a lit­tle breast milk di­rectly onto the sur­face of the eye. “Lift your eye­lid slightly to help the breast milk cir­cu­late un­derneath. Con­tinue this treat­ment three times a day for a cou­ple of days, or un­til the eye in­fec­tion has cleared. If your symp­toms per­sist or worsen, though, seek med­i­cal ad­vice.

Her­bal Tea

Ac­cord­ing to Pre­scrip­tion For Nu­tri­tional Heal­ing, “Cal­en­dula, chamomile, fen­nel and/or eye­bright teas can be used to make hot com­presses. Eye­bright can also be taken orally in cap­sule or tea form. It is good for any eye ir­ri­ta­tion or in­flam­ma­tion. The tea can also be used to rinse the eyes.

Salt Wa­ter Wash

Saline (salt wa­ter) eye drops are of­ten rec­om­mended for pink eye. Some store bought brands con­tain lubri­cants and other med­i­ca­tions for var­i­ous con­di­tions, but you can make a sim­ple so­lu­tion at home. Dis­tilled wa­ter is rec­om­mended since tap wa­ter can con­tain chem­i­cals and im­pu­ri­ties, but many peo­ple use plain tap wa­ter. Boil one cup of wa­ter with one half tea­spoon (up to one tea­spoon) of salt and let the liq­uid cool com­pletely be­fore us­ing. Use an eye cup or an eye drop­per to rinse the eye with the cooled salt so­lu­tion. The so­lu­tion can be used as an eye rinse and also as a nasal so­lu­tion for si­nus and al­lergy is­sues.

Warm Or Cold Com­press

To re­duce pain and to re­move the dis­charge of bac­te­rial or vi­ral pink­eye, use a cold or warm com­press on the eyes. Make sure to use a dif­fer­ent wash­cloth for each eye to pre­vent spread­ing any in­fec­tion. And use clean wash­cloths each time. Clean the eye from drainage by wip­ing from the in­side to the out­side of the eye area.

Raw Pota­toes

Fresh slices of cold, raw po­tato are also said to be sooth­ing.

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