Conjunctivitis is generally referred to as pinkeye. In this condition, the material that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner parts of the eyelid (known as the conjunctiva) becomes irritated and inflamed. This inflammation will result in excessive tearing, pain, and itching. Conjunctivitis is generally caused by some viral infection. However, in some cases, it can also be caused by bacterial infection or allergies. Newborns and three to four week old infants can also develop conjunctivitis.

Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are extremely contagious and since they most frequently occur in children, it becomes hard to keep children from infecting both eyes. Generally, the infection will start in one eye and then often spreads to other

Causes of conjunctivitis

  • Bacteria
  • Virus
  • Irritating substance or material in the eyes
  • Allergies
  • Ophthalmia neonatorum
  • STDs (sexual transmitted diseases)

Home Remedies For Pink eye

One can add 1 tsp of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of pre-boiled water. Steep it for about ten minutes and then strain. Allow it to become cool and use as eyewash. It can also be made into a compress. This is one of the best pink eye remedy.

One can use elderberry blossom tea for washing the eyes with conjunctivitis. This is one of the best natural remedy for pink eye.

Pink eye treatment - Boil fennel seeds and use them washing the affected eyes. They reduce the inflammation, redness and pain in the eye.

One of the greatest home remedies for pink eye is putting a drop or two of honey directly on your eyes or you can also put 3 tbsp of honey in 2 cups of boiling water, stir to dissolve, allow it becoming cool and then use as eyewash couple of times a day. The honey carries antibacterial properties and it will also soothe the eye promoting healing.

Many people suggest using warm (tepid) milk as eyewash or as a compress.

Grate raw potato and place the slice on the affected eye. Potato is an astringent and hence helps reducing the inflammation. The potato can also be made into a poultice and can be placed onto the affected eye for about twenty minutes. Do this for minimum three consecutive nights for better results. This is one of the effective natural remedy for pink eye.

You can also make turmeric solution, which is best home remedy for pink eye using 2 tsp of turmeric powder to one cup of boiled water and use for as warm compress.

Many folk pink eye treatment suggest applying a poultice made from live yogurt culture every day. This helps reducing inflammation.

One of the simplest home remedies for pink eye is Aloe. One should soak a cloth with Aloe vera juice and then place it on the affected eye. It can also be used as eyewash.

There are some artificial tears available in the market. These drops will soothe the eye and can help flushing out the toxins and irritants.

Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in 2 cups of water. This makes soothing eyewash. This is one of the efficient pink eye cure.

Pink eye remedy - You can also make a tea using of powdered root bark of barberry in one cup of water. Boil the solution for about half an hour and then use it as eyewash or with a compress. Barberry contains berberine, which is an antibacterial compound.

Another home remedy for pink eye is using boric acid eyewash and making a solution of one quart of boiled water and 1 tbsp of boric acid; allow becoming cool and then use with a clean washcloth or gauze piece thrice a day. Do it and allow drying, then rinsing thoroughly.

Some of the people suggest applying cold bread onto closed eyes will reduce the inflammation and will soothe itching.

One of the simplest home remedy for pink eye is putting one drop of castor oil in the eye three times a day.

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If you are a nursing mom your milk will cure conjuctivitis. Place milk into a sterile eye dropper, place drops in the eye through out the day as needed and within 2 days it will be cleared up.
#1 - Yolanda - 02/29/2008 - 14:27
I have used Colloidal Silver with success for pink eye & many other things. I just put a drop in the eye having the problem every hour or so.
#2 - marlys - 05/02/2008 - 16:49
Tkae 3 ox of water and 3 drops of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo and use a cotton swab to drop the solution in the eyes. Pinkeye clears up in 2-3 days. Works great!
#3 - OX - 01/13/2009 - 14:28
:-P the tea thing is rite but the part u should use is the tea BAG... let it cool off but not to much... u want it to still be hott... my aunt taught me this lol
#4 - pwee - 03/13/2009 - 08:29
I am a teacher, my husband works in a hospital, and my two sons both go to school, so we have had a lot of pink eye exposure. Putting a small dab of babywash in the eye at the first sign of pink eye can help to ward it off, and if done over and over as needed, it will complete cure it in a couple of days. It stings a little, but is not very uncomfortable.
#5 - Pink mom with kids - 04/06/2009 - 06:32
Thanks for these suggestions. I used the colloidal silver. I had a hunch that was safe to do so here's hopin!:-D
#6 - Carly - 05/12/2009 - 10:52
I know it sounds crazy, but my homeop. had me dab my eye with a lemon juice soaked papertowel (every 10 minutes for an hour)....no joke I was able to open my eye pain free after about three hours. It was still a little "pink", but I usd tea compresses and I was fine by the next morning.
#7 - Stacia - 05/14/2009 - 08:24
My mother who is 95 years old and use to be a R.N. said that a nursing mother's milk is also very helpful for pinkeye. Just a drop or two on a warm wash cloth and place that on your eye for 5 - 10 min. then repeat that cycle again 3 treatments.
#8 - Anne - 06/24/2009 - 22:04
Wow! Honey Is almost immediate relief!!!! thank you! thank you!!!
#9 - Kat in MD - 10/09/2009 - 01:29
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#10 - Susan - Conjunctivitis Treatment - 12/24/2009 - 03:49
Anne - If mothers milk works its probably due to the fact that it contains Hydrogen Peroxide, natures way of fighting bacteria.
#11 - JC - 02/17/2010 - 02:15
which one works best i need a solution like now please...no joke:-[]
#12 - sophie - 02/17/2010 - 18:41
sophie im with u im gonna try the honey thing in a min i think
#13 - heather - 02/25/2010 - 15:56
the honey thing sounds crazy but its worth a try haha
#14 - jaime - 03/04/2010 - 15:45
a knife and a hell of a lot painkillers....jk but the honey thing seriously works!!:-D:-D:-D:-D
#15 - Lukas - 03/16/2010 - 11:10
some one told me breast milk but, since; i don't have any I used johnson no tear shampoo to cleanse the eye this morning. I feel a little something in my eye like a strain not painful or anything. i probably try the chamomile tea bag later on today and put it over my eye. I also try to eat healthy to allow my body to fight it itself.
#16 - eyes - 03/24/2010 - 07:59
Man oh man, the honey burnt my eyes at first. Pretty badly but now they feel so much better. I was thinking why do I listen to these people but it does help.
#17 - Alicia - 04/08/2010 - 01:49
the honey will burn for about 20 seconds, then afterward, it feels great
#18 - shannon - 04/18/2010 - 10:52
The honey is almost immediate relief! I was going crazy about 20 minutes ago with itching and discharge. its still alittle red but other than that my other symptoms are practically gone. I was skeptical to try it but im so glad I did! Thanks! :-)
#19 - dani - 04/22/2010 - 23:54
do u just stick straight honey into the eye? like thick out of the jar honey???
#20 - bree - 04/24/2010 - 21:01
ok here goes the honey...... cant feel worse then this both eyes need relief
#21 - jeef - 04/25/2010 - 10:00
Hi I am pre-K instructor. My husband always ejaculates directly into my eyes if they are ever feeling itchy. That is the best cure I have found to date.
#22 - Howard Johnsonian - 04/27/2010 - 18:02
What an [@] above. I hope that if he is even a teacher then he should be put be in jail. He is disgusting.

I once had pink eye for a while and nothing was working. I eventually used guano (bat droppings). It worked fantastically and after the initial burn for about 15 seconds it felt great! Surprisingly, the smell was actually quite nice. I wonder if there is a high concentration of vitamin in guano, because my vision improved. Great Find. I recommend to everyone. :-D
#23 - Faggot from above - 04/27/2010 - 18:15
just did the honey thing - it sounds nuts but works like a charm
#24 - kiki - 04/28/2010 - 20:56
I read all the suggestion and deceided to try the honey on my 9 yr old son. I had him close is eye and put pure honey in the corner, then it would seep in the inside of the eye. It did burn like crazy. I didn't notice in the above suggestion on how long to keep it there. We did 5 minutes it was all he could handle. Washed off gently with a warm wash clothes. He says it feels so much better and the stinging is completely gone. In an hour I will try the Cham. Tea followed by a couple of drops of Silver Water.
Thanks for all your suggestions on this page.
#25 - michelle - 04/29/2010 - 11:30
I was really nervous about putting honey in my eye. but I did it, and it was horrible. it burned every time i opend my eye. It only made things worse.
#26 - Adrian - 05/05/2010 - 13:19
I have a 10 month old and the damn prescribed meds are not working!! What is the best thing for him??
#27 - Mommy Of 2 - 05/10/2010 - 19:11
i feel some itching sensation on my eyes especially the right eye. ichange my glasses mrecommended glasses but the pain and the itching still pesist my recommend a vitamin A SUPPLEMENT to me ,on fininishing the dosage the reduce but later continued i continue with the dosage again but the smptoms did not go. later i shift to aloe vera gel but yet am still esperiencing the pain and itching.
#28 - kassim - 05/11/2010 - 08:40
my grandma always used the chamomile tea on us and it worked every time.:-D
#29 - ashleigh - 05/20/2010 - 09:33
I googled home remedies for pink eye as I came down with it in one eye this morning. It was becoming so sore and swollen I could barely see out of it and so I was looking for relief from the pain.

I had a friend tell me of taking a warm wet tea bag and placing it over the eye for 10 minutes or so throughout the day, and I found a lot of people online were also suggesting this method.
One person suggested using cold tea as drops for the eye so I tried that 10 minutes ago and it felt SOOOO much better. I could instantly see my eye clear up a lot more and the pain reduced a lot.

I am now going to continue applying cold tea in an eye dropper until my eye fully recovers but already I am feeling so much better. I will post another comment once I am recovered so people know how long it took but this is very promising!
#30 - Lis - 06/01/2010 - 19:10
Just tried the honey, burned like he11 at first especially when I opened my eye. I rubbed it a little, now it feels fine. I put a little on my finger and put it directly on my eye, that may be what caused some of the burn. I'll keep it up and see if it helps.
#31 - Rex - 06/06/2010 - 20:48
Going to try the honey on my 4 year old, hope it works...
#32 - Scared mom - 06/30/2010 - 01:04
Gonna try the honey thing. Hope it doesn't burn that much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-[]
#33 - Scared girl - 07/06/2010 - 16:26
Yehh.... Im gonna try the teabag thing then if thats not going to well for me I think im gonna try the honey, considering everyone else is saying its working :-D
#34 - Aly. - 07/15/2010 - 09:16
I'm going to try the honey, only my eyes hurt so I'm using the whole bottle:-(
#35 - kasoucle - 07/16/2010 - 22:06
Soft Contact Lens Solution is designed to disinfect and is specifically made to be safe for the eyes. I would use it before any of the suggestions here.
#36 - Jasper - 07/20/2010 - 05:48
baking sode an water didnt work.

@ jasper....gonna try my soft contact solution see it that works. If not heading to the walk in clinic tomorrow...
#37 - Amber - 07/22/2010 - 20:38
Colloidal Silver is a great remedy for pink eye! Unfortunately, I don't have any right now. My 6 yr old has pink eye. I'm afraid to use the honey on him if it burns. Anyone try the tumuric?
#38 - Krishna - 07/26/2010 - 14:05
I mixed a little bit of honey in a bowl with some warm water (warm to help the honey dissolve) then put a few drops into my eye and it feels a lot better! I would definitely try this remedy first. And the honey really doesn't really burn. It's a slight sting for a few seconds then you feel great! Plus it's 100% natural!
#39 - Angie - 07/28/2010 - 13:07
fill a sock with rice. tie a knot in the top. heat the rice filled sock in the microwave for approx. 1 minute. hold the sock to your eye until it completely cools. the heat will feel good and might make your eye water some, which is a GOOD thing. then clean your eye with a warm, wet teabag (chamomile is BEST, but ANY kind will do). do this anytime your eye feels irritated. it will be well in a day...maybe 2 for really bad infectrions. be sure and wash your hands OFTEN to prevent reinfection or infecting others. :-D
#40 - Martha - 08/10/2010 - 08:48
My eyes are fat and red they itch but I haven't sctratched
I've tried black coffee buh recently woke up wit water hurting eyes. Im afraid to try the honey but should I take the chance? Do I put pure honey inside my ey?.
#41 - ruby :( - 08/17/2010 - 05:34
i was so scared to try the honey at first then my mom took two dropplets of honey and water and mixed them together it stinged at first but in like 20 seconds it stopped and its working so well.:-[]
#42 - shana - 09/08/2010 - 23:19
Thank you for these cures , i will try 1 of them surely on my pink eye . Hope it will work .
#43 - Kapish - 09/09/2010 - 21:17
honey worls cuz it has pantothenic acid :)
but in very less quantities :-D
#44 - Tushar - 09/10/2010 - 05:33
im hoping johnson works fory 16 month old. if not taking him to the clinic.
#45 - marie - 09/11/2010 - 08:28
Try coconut oil and lavender it works great for many eye problems!;-)
#46 - Lindi - 09/14/2010 - 22:39
Honey is the solution, just put a little bit on a cotton bud and apply on the infected eye...it stings for 20 sec really works :-D
#47 - eddy - 09/15/2010 - 11:17
near the bottom of the list is boric acid which is used in some pest control poisons so I would not recommend puttin that in your eye
#48 - corey - 09/21/2010 - 09:31
Boric Acid is used in Renu which is for contact lenses and general eye wash. Yes it can be used Corey.
#49 - Noah Beach - 10/11/2010 - 09:09
just tried the honey idea, it did burn a little but seems to be helping:-D
#50 - Ryan - 10/12/2010 - 19:42
I was scared to try straight honey after some of the comments I read so I filled a cup halfway w hot water and mixed a tspoon of honey, then added a tea bag and let that set a while to absorb some of it. Then I held the tea bag over my eye occassionally sqeezing some of the drops directly in my eye. I was very relieved to find it didn't burn at all and was very soothing. I strongly advise this method for kids and would even feel comfortable using it on babies.;-)
#51 - D. Jackson - 10/12/2010 - 21:35
i tried the honey & it was instant relief. thank you to whom ever put that remedy up!
#52 - Jessie - 10/14/2010 - 14:03
Anything with anti-bacterial properties, astringent to cleanse and warmth to promote circulation will help. Hence the "warm tea bags, honey and warm water and contact solution." Flush eyes, warm compress and anti-bacterial eye drops and you're set. But if it's viral as opposed to bacterial these home remedies probably won't help.
#53 - premedLindsay - 10/18/2010 - 12:24
For pink eye does the honey go directly in the eye or does it go in the corner of the eye?
#54 - Kelly - 10/19/2010 - 11:37
Honey is the WAY TO GO. Mine went away over night!!! In the morning it was still there a bnit but I did another drop in each eye and by 8 that evening I was looking pretty normal! It hurts alot so be prepared that you might yell out from the sting! Dont do it near sleeping children lol. @Kelly... take a clean end of a q tip...remove the cotton and dip that end into the honey and let 1 or two drops fall right into your eyes. HONEY IS THE BEST FOR THIS. I got a 30 dollar perscription sitting in my purse where it can stay.
#55 - rubi - 10/22/2010 - 22:26
I tried the honey thing this morning and it took the itching and the goopy eye away. I plan to try it again tonight and the real test will be if I am goop and itch free in the morning. So far all day it hasn't bothered me.

I just put a drop on my finger and rubbed it in the corners and across my eye lashes. I did it twice this morning. btw...the burning is only for a few seconds and in my case actually took my mind off the itching.

#56 - Tom - 10/30/2010 - 20:43
I just tried the honey but I didn't put straight honey in there. I boiled 2 cups of water with 3 tbsp honey as suggested on here b/c I didn't want to cause more pain to my eyes. This method feels great, I actually can't stop putting more drops in my eyes b/c they make my eyes feel relieved instantly :-D
#57 - Michelle - 11/04/2010 - 03:11
after seeing many different kinds of solutions i went to CVS and for less than $20 purchased a few of them. i got a travel sized johnson & johnson BABY SHAMPOO, and CVS brands of : soft contact lense solution, homeopathic PINK EYE drops, and EYE ALLERGY RELIEF eye drops. i got home and mixed a big "squeeze" of the contact solution, two "squeezes" each of the pink eye and allergy relief drops and about 5 tiny drops of the baby shampoo with a few oz. of hot water. i stirred it around in a plastic cup and tilted my head back with a towel under it and slowly poured it in my eye while blinking. take breaks if you need to but this worked AMAZINGLY! after everything i tried i would go look in the mirror and it would still be red, i was SOO surprised to see WHITE in my eyes for the first time in days !!! while this may not have CURED it, it feels and looks 100x better. if i had HONEY and COLLOIDAL SILVER i would have added those as well.. it cant hurt so if you have all of them, mix them in ! best of luck, i know this [@] !!!
#58 - Casey - 11/13/2010 - 14:49
I tried the honey. At first, just a drop in each corner and instant relief after about 10 seconds of burning. Then, feeling more brave, I smeared honey along the edges of my eyes and in the corners. It burned for about a minute but for the first time in 3 days, I can actually see white around my irises. I also made the water/honey/chamomile tea eye wash but haven't tried that yet so far.
#59 - Kara - 11/13/2010 - 15:04
Poster of #61 - Back again. The eye wash works great, very refreshing. I've been putting honey in my eyes alternatively with the eye wash and it's amazing how fast this works. Highly recommend!
#60 - Kara - 11/13/2010 - 21:02
Poster of #61 and #62 - I'm following up to report that the raw honey remedy is indeed a remedy. Both of my eyes are MUCH BETTER than yesterday. I wish I could post before and after pics, it's really amazing how fast the raw honey cleared my eyes up. It really does work!!!
#61 - Kara - 11/14/2010 - 14:49
This is the first time i HAVRE EVER had pink eye, and I must say after reading about the honey I am happy to say it Really Works. The burning is not that bad and after adding honey to hot water and rinsing my eye with it my eye is really clearing up.

Tank you
#62 - Mariah - 11/17/2010 - 16:19
I've had pinkeye 3 times this year thanks to my boys. Two of those times were in the month of October and I've discovered that the prescription medication I've paid for has not been curing me. So... today the pink eye came back with a vengance. It has been sitting in my system for 2 weeks, just waiting to reappear. I finally decided to try some natural solutions.
Tried Boric Acid and maybe I didn't use enough but it didn't too much.
Tried Polysporin for pink eye but then read the box and its actually the eye/ear one repackaged and it just irritated my eyes more
Tried Baby Shampoo and the "no more tears" claim is a crock of bull
Tried honey.... the burning and sting was unbelieveable, but RELIEF.
For anyone wondering if the claims are true - THEY ARE. Try the honey first! It would have saved me a lot of time, pain, and money!
#63 - relieved!! - 11/17/2010 - 22:20
I Have a question about the "Honey Theory"...
Does it actually clear the redness from the eye and fix the blurred vision in the eye??
Or does it just take away the stinging?
Really nervous to try but seeing that Ive had it for about two weeks and one week been on medication, I just want it to be gone!!!
#64 - James - 11/19/2010 - 17:45
Umm is there any one a 9 year old could perform by herself im thinking about #42 with the rice in the sock but everyone is saying GO HONEY and well i dont how to do it I NEED HELP I HAVE TO GO TO A PARTY SUNDAY AND ITS BOWLING HELP!
#65 - Scared 9 year old - 11/19/2010 - 23:05
I got pink eye in both eyes and after reading the posts I decieded that I would try the honey and water as it seems the most natural. I did not find that it stung badly at all and it seemed to help with any irritation. It seemed to work well although I cannot compare it to a) a different remedy b) doing nothing at all and letting time take it's course but in this case I would say that the honey and water mixture seemed to work well. I would use it at least 5 times per day for about 3 days and would use it more if needed. I used a cotton make up pad instead of the toilet paper and found this the easiest way to get a drop in the eye. I'm sure the toilet paper works well or even an eye dropper.
#66 - Natalie - 11/19/2010 - 23:32
i woke up this morning and my right eye apparently had pink eye, well doesnt this suck.....i work as a waitress so it doesnt look good and i have to work a double shift, so i read through this, this morning and decided i had to work and in the process, bring home honey from work since i had none at home. i got in the shower and opened up my little side cup of honey and got a glob on my finger and rubbed it in. well darn it it stung like a bitch and i rinsed the excess off under the shower head after a few minutes and then flushed out my eye with the hot water too. but now it feels great and hopefully will look better so i can work tomorrow night
#67 - Caitlin - 11/21/2010 - 22:24
woke up thurs. morning with 1 eye totally screwed up so headed to the ER 25 miles away. After 5 hours waiting time I walked out with 2 scrips that couldn;t be filled til the next day. Followed all instructions and no results. Following day went back to ER and overheard a nurse mention manzanilla! Living in Southern Arizona w have easy access all kinds of herbal remedies from Mexico and the Reservations so one call to a neighbor and the manzanilla was in my hands! I boiled water, added about 4 tablespoons of the herb and simmered for about 20 muinutes. dipped a clean washcloth in the tea and covered my eye...INSTANT RELIEF!!! I"ll be doing this a couple more times before bed . That nurse saved me a boatload of money..no urgent care fee, prescriptions, waiting time and being exposed to others illnesses!
#68 - sharon - 12/05/2010 - 17:55
Just a note..... @ Casey you should never mix a homeopathic remedy with anything. It changes the properties of the remedy, turns it into a different compound.
As for the honey, to make it even better look for local unfiltered honey. If your pink eye is from environmental causes it will work much better.
Please when you're posting keep it G-rated we have a lot of kids who are on this site and I would hate for them to run into things theyshouldn't be reading.
#69 - Carri - 12/09/2010 - 12:24
Well The honey really really really worked. Try itwhen you can!!!!:-D
#70 - Marcie - 12/15/2010 - 02:13
after using the contact solution yesterday and waking up with BOTH eyes infected this morning... i HAD to try the honey. IT WORKS! the stinging is great because it causes your eyes to water and clears up whatever is in there. my eyes went from christmas red to a normal shade of white instantly. i'm gonna do it again this afternoon just to be on the safe side and make sure it's gone. normal honey... like out of the bear container onto a q-tip. i dabbed it into my eye... closed the lid. rolled my eye around in there. when i opened it the stinging was gone. you will need a towel to dry the tears. 2 drops in each eye. omg! worked like a charm! GL! and merry christmas!
#71 - GabrielleM - 12/17/2010 - 12:38
Ok I'm going to try the honey thing. I don't like pain but this eye is killing me. So I hope it works. Here it goes.....
#72 - Deb - 12/19/2010 - 12:21
Ok tried the honey, It stung a little but not much. But the eye is still hurting. Guess I will try again later.
#73 - Deb - 12/19/2010 - 13:35
well everyone says honey,so honey it is...i woke up with pink eye this morning,and my eye was stuck shut...i will post again with the results
#74 - Kerry - 12/21/2010 - 02:29
ok,it didnt work for me either....woke up and my eye is worse today...wtf....guess its time to call the dr
#75 - kerry - 12/21/2010 - 07:13
Im a cosmetology instructor and i know about the benifits for honey going with two drops of honey
#76 - daria - 12/23/2010 - 08:30
I put honey in both eyes it helped to take the stinging and weeping away after its initial stinging and weeping, I've also made a tea of elderberry and honey I dab a paper towel in it and put it in my eyes, it also seems to be working puffiness and redness is still there, but oh what a relief it is, oh thats for something else lol!
#77 - randy - 12/25/2010 - 15:23
Hey Jerky pants....you are appropriately named. Someone needs to flag this idiot.
#78 - Travlingypsy - 12/28/2010 - 17:54
i am trying a teabag dipped in the honey water and placed it over my eye and continuously squeezed some honey tea water in my eye. Hasn't itched in twenty to thirty minutes.
#79 - trageser - 12/30/2010 - 09:14
so i came down with pink eye about three days ago and got some prescription eye drops for it,so far they havent been doing much im hesitating on trying the honey method seeing that my symptoms arent too bad i dont want to make them worse especially not before the new years party i have to go to tomorrow....suggestions??
#80 - desperate!! - 12/30/2010 - 21:55
Woke up with Pink Eye this morning. Nice New Years surprise. Considering I had it once in November, twice in December, I guess January 1st was an appropriate day for it to start AGAIN! Something must be wrong with me. I know I have touched my eye, but like ONCE since my last case, so why do I keep getting it!? I need to see an Opthamologist. This is nuts. Since I'm nursing, I really don't want to give my daughter the drops AGAIN though my milk, so I think I will try the honey today. I have always used prescriptions since I'm a complete germaphobe and I don't want anyone else in the house to get it! My hands are sandpaper and I just used Lysol on every surface in my house. For those that have pink eye, make sure you change your pillowcase and sheets so you don't reinfect or transfer it to the other eye. I will post my results later.
#81 - Tal - 01/01/2011 - 09:27
I put in the honey, yes, NOT fun, but once it was done stinging, seemed to be okay. I think this case might be viral compared to all the other bacterial cases I've had. My eye got CRAZY red, but seems to be getting a bit lighter now. I will try again in an hour or two and see if it works and keep doing it. If tomorrow I wake up with it still crusty and red, I will use my prescription drops. Good luck to everyone else. I am plagued by this freakin' condition too often. I've become a paranoid psycho about it! Happy New Year!
#82 - Tal - 01/01/2011 - 12:43
Was up at four in the morning last night with a "crusty" closed eye. I'm nervous about using an antibiotic/steroid drop from the drug store because I am pregnant. Read all these remedies and decided on the honey. IT WORKED GREAT! I put honey in a cup and swished it with a little warm water, dipped a cotton swab in the honey part and let it drop in my eye about four times. Used a different swab in my other eye. Went back to bed and woke up with just a little discharge in the corner so I used my contact cleaning solution to clean out my eyes. Hours later, it has improved tons. I'll probably repeat the process again today. :-D:-D:-D
#83 - Caroline - 01/02/2011 - 13:09
A large piece of wood fell onto my face on new years eye~ (before drinking, even) and nicked a tiny cut under my eye. I woke up the next morning with my eye HUGE and swollen shut with gooey yellow stuff sealing it. I washed it off with warm water, and found my eye looked like it had pinkeye. I figured at first that it was probably because of the injury I'd endured the night before. Spent the day with itchy red swollen eye, icing it for lots of the day. This morning, expecting it to be gone, I woke up only to find that both eyes were infected. I tried a wash of honey, mixed with about equal parts warm water. Soaked it on a cotton pad and held them to my eyes. Not only has the itching stopped, but has improved clarity and relieved pain and swelling. I expect I will still need to see my doctor in the morning, but the honey wash helped over the weekend. :) PS~ With a little water mixed in, and held up on a cotton pad, the method was pain free, and I'm extremely antsy with things near my eyes. :P Great find. :)
#84 - Kara - 01/02/2011 - 22:28
I woke up with those gross, yellow strands crossing from the top of my eye to the bottom. It sounded drastic, but I first dabbed some mouthwash onto a paper towel. I careful touched the outer edges of my eye and it stung like a b**** BUT I was not satisfied so I did the same process again but used acne medication. Stuny even worse. Still, my eye stopped itching a little and cleared up a bit.

I am pretty sure that mouthwash, acne meds or toothpaste will all work in a bacterial infection since they're job normally is to kill of bacteria.
#85 - JB - 01/07/2011 - 04:43
2 weeks ago my 2 year old twins came down with pink-eye (and gave it to me) so I used Polysporin over the counter pink eye treatment which worked fine for them but 2 weeks and several fresh bottles later I still have it worse than ever. So fearing a 5 hour wait to see the doctor I tried the honey and its amazing!!! An hour later and my whites are finally clear!!!I put a little honey on a spoon and with a very clean finger I wiped it into the corners of my eyes and along the lashes- it slowly seeped in and burned and made my eyes water for a few minutes and then my eyes started to feel cooler and not itchy. I don't know how long to use it for but I will put it on at night for probably 7 days which is how long the drops were supposed to be taken.
#86 - Kara - 01/15/2011 - 12:40
I started RX antibiotics last Sunday. Finished them yesterday. My pink eye is still here. I notice much more watery eyes than itching or discharge. I'm a breastfeeding mom, so I tried some of my milk in my eyes, and I'm going to try some honey too. Just really don't want to pass this on to my kids or hubby.
#87 - Nancy - 01/21/2011 - 22:33
#88 - HURTIN - 01/26/2011 - 10:41
I've had pink eye since yesterday afternoon. I used Similasan Homeopathic Pink Eye Relief eyedrops throught out the night. My eye woke up feeling sooo much better, but still very red and painful. I put a few drops of silver this morning and that has helped alot. But still hasn't made a huge difference. Will try the tea and honey and let you know how it goes.
#89 - Julis - 01/30/2011 - 15:32
:-D Go no further than honey man, was skeptical at first. Does burn a bit but no more than an uncomfortable eyedrop. My eye was full blown yesterday morning, used honey on my (cleaned) fingertip and by noon it was visually better. This morning its already 200% better
#90 - sweeteyes - 01/31/2011 - 08:34
Relief tip! I have a bad case of pinkeye and it feels like i have a boulder in my eye. I read that this is common and the irritation comes from the upper eyelid, and especially the edge of the eyelid, so on a hunch, I tried the old eyelid cleaning trick of pulling the upper eyelid out and down over the lower one and voila, as long as i kept it there, I had relief. So I got some medical paper tape and taped the upper eyelid in this position by running a small piece of tape from the eyelid down to my cheek. I have almost complete relief, without meds, and stopping the irritation to the eyeball can't be bad! I take it off at night, since my eyes are closed anyway...
#91 - gregory - 02/02/2011 - 16:26
:-) Honey is the only way to go! My eyes feel and look sooo much better (after the initial sting).
#92 - Kel - 02/04/2011 - 14:33
Honey has saved me from scratching my eyeballs clean out of their sockets!! I just take a little warm PURIFIED (not tap) water to a tblsp of honey, mix thouroughly with disinfected spoon and give my eyes a drink 3Xs a day lol Good luck fellow sufferers...the only pain worse than eye is tooth! B-)
#93 - Paula - 02/06/2011 - 13:57
I did 3 doses of the honey today, raw honey. It stings like mad, and it didn't help at all. The infection just barely started too. I wish I knew why it works for some and not for others.

The breast milk does work. I treated all my kids with it last spring. Tragically, I'm fresh out of breast milk these days.
#94 - AG - 02/11/2011 - 23:11
both of my baby girls have pinkeye right now, 9 months and 3 yrs. :-( i put breast milk in an eye dropper and put a few drops in each eye, and then i put an chunk of onion in a cloth napkin in the micro for like 8 seconds, and then kinda pressed the onion to release the juices, and then held it as a warm compress on their eyes while they were nursing or laying down for bed. i use an onion compress for practically everything from ear aches to sinus infections to....pinkeye. i was also told by a super rad hippy lady at the farmer's market today that you should massage the sinus cavity/under eye area to promote discharge of any fluid, but not in a rubbing motion that sends the pus downward, more starting from underneath the outereye and then moving upwards towards the inner eye. i also squirted nutribiotic grapefruit seed extract sinus spray up their noses. long story short, they both are remarkably better than yesterday. :) they still have a little goop in the eyes, but i'm sure it'll be gone after one more day of these home remedies. :)
#95 - bilandra - 02/12/2011 - 23:27
no thanx jerky pants..i dont want to get eye herpes.:-)
#96 - beatsup jerky pants - 02/16/2011 - 10:14
Ok, the honey thing works, takes away the burning and the itch.... i mixed honey in some chamomile tea and put a couple drops in the corner of my eye! after about 15 min I then put a couple drops of opti-free soft contact solution in my eye...... Feeling much better already! A must try!;-)
#97 - Amy - 02/20/2011 - 10:18
Hey any hot girls with pink eye Wanna blow me
#98 - Jerkey pants - 02/23/2011 - 12:59
Honey awesome ready. Momentary sting well worth lasting relief! Put a drop right in corner of eye, closed eye for a few moments and wiped away excess with damp cloth. Honey has so many great healing properties. Glad I tried it before givin my hard earned $$ to urgent care and pharmacy. Very happy and eye is looking/feeling 1000 times better. ^_^
#99 - JeWeL - 03/06/2011 - 18:06
Wow I think I will try the honey first then go from there!!!:-D
#100 - Kory - 03/11/2011 - 21:34
ok: ;-):-):-D:-(:-o>-(B-):oops::-[]:-P... we have one with herpes but why isn't there one with pink-eye?
#101 - Ms.Stalin - 03/12/2011 - 05:08
I woke up with pink eye and real irritated, used one cup of mild hot water and two tablespoons of honey. Put some drops on my eyes and instant relief and I can see white around my eyes :-D
#102 - Pjams! - 03/13/2011 - 11:31
at school during a fire drill...... pink eye.......... come home clean sock/ water:heated up for 1 min/ honey: after heated up water
put it on my eye not in my eye feeling better already no pain;-)
#103 - ooooooooooooww - 03/18/2011 - 16:44
My 4 year old has pink eye. I will try the Honey and water mixture. She has a low treshhold for pain....so hopefully this will work.
#104 - C. Hend - 04/11/2011 - 04:49
I find that the best remedy for pink eye is using tea bags. Pour boiling water over 2 tea bags, just regular tea, and let cool until tolerable. I like them hot, but the kids prefer them a little cooler, of course. Place one bag on each eye, even if pink eye only occurs in one (prevents cross infection). Cover with a clean face cloth. Make sure that a few drops of tea get into your eye. Leave on for about 5 minutes, I squeeze the bag gently to release tea into my eyes. Within a few hours the red will be greatly reduced. The combination of heat and the tea, which is an astringent, really works well. The tea doesn't hurt, just feels a little bit drying. I even have used an eye dropper and placed a drop of strong tea into my 3 year olds eye, instead, and this worked well.
#105 - Mom of 4 kids - 04/13/2011 - 11:34
My 7 year old has pinkeye, has spread to both eyes. Don't have any honey, but I have tea bags and I have fresh aloe...will create a home remedy from that!

Thanks for sharing your remedies :-D
#106 - Twin Momma - 04/15/2011 - 23:58
It seems that the consesus is heavily weighed upon Honey. I woke up this morning with my right eye glued shut! It has been very irritable. it's late and I don't want to go to the emergency room and sit all night, so I'm going to try the Honey remedy and perhaps tea in the morning. I will keep you posted on the results.
#107 - Relief - 04/23/2011 - 02:29
got pink eye from the hubby, who is in denial. Just tried the honey applied directly to the eye with clean fingers from a honey packet from our cafe, it did burn slightly for about 30 seconds, but really no big deal. Followed that up with Chamomile tea sachet prepped in hot water with honey, that was really soothing, though skin felt dry and itchy after the sachet due to the astringent qualities in the tea. So followed up with some all natural lip balm to moisturize the skin around the eye. I'll post tomorrow for results.
#108 - L.M.P. - 04/25/2011 - 16:06
#109 - Libby - 05/17/2011 - 08:06
I have a three year old who woke up yesterday with drainage in one eye that went to both and by mid day, full blown pink eye...found this site and tried the honey diluted in some water and this morning it is much better...will continue to use it today. I boiled one cup of water and 3 tbsp on honey and dipped a cotton ball in the water and dropped some into his eye. He said it burned for about 2-3 seconds and then he let it sit on there as a compress. My six year old woke up this am with the same thing so she also used it. She said that it has really helped. Thank you so much for the suggestion as I didnt' want to subject them to going to the doctor. If you are in doubt about the honey-USE IT!
#110 - wermmr - 06/03/2011 - 09:24
hi, i just want to remind people that you should use real honey from a local bee keeper or from a health food store...as the honey sold in grocery stores can legally claim to be all natural 100 % pure honey YET they can claim this even they use corn syrup in their honey. corn syrup being sugar could make things worse. so just be wise to what you buy....if you don't have a local beekeper to buy off of then go to your health foods mart, i personally wouldn't trust what is sold at a grocery store, as " real honey " ... best wishes to all, and a blessing said that you eyes will be healthy again and soon.
#111 - compassion - 06/10/2011 - 05:47
to all who recommented honey for Pink Eye.
I want to thank you so very much.
Tis is the first time I have Pink Eye. I went to the Doctor last Saturday and he gave me something with Antibiotics for my eyes. Today is Tuesday and I had no relieve. This morning I broused the web for home remedies and found this site and I tryed the honey this afternoon and I already feel sooooo much better. The swelling on the eyelids is gone and the eyes don't feel so dry anymore.
Thanks so much.
#112 - Georgia Peach - 06/21/2011 - 20:58
I found that honey boiling hot water and chamomile mixed with the anise is REALLY GOOD !I'm 13 and tried this by myself! It works real GOOD! But don't put the teabag drops in your eye exactly after it comes out of the water
#113 - Lateefa - 07/17/2011 - 02:28
My Dad Has Been Telling Me To Put Lime In My Eye & I Just Did Helped The Swelling & It Also Kills The Infection Thanks Dad :)
#114 - Diana - 09/06/2011 - 20:36
I tried tap water and lemon juice..8 parts to one. Made eye=drop out of it. Burns but will start healing pink-eye.
#115 - Roy - 09/17/2011 - 01:34
i had pink eye last year and used a remedie and forgot what it was. i think you boil hot water , make tea, put honey in it. then you hold your eye over the hot cup so the steam goes into the eyes, as long as you can. i read this on a blog and it worked like a charm. did anyone ever hear of this and do i have the rite ingredients to this remedie.
#116 - mike - 09/17/2011 - 10:56
i put the honey and my eye and yes it did burn but i eye is not itching amy more trying to find ways to make the redness go away
#117 - jamarra - 10/10/2011 - 23:11
I mixed the honey with some milk from the fridge and heated it in the microwave for just a few seconds enough to warm it but not make it hot took a clean q tip and saturated it and let it drip in the corner of my sons eye u wouldnt believe the money this has saved me milk and honey is the way to go with 6 kids id be in the clinic every day for something like this that is so contagious.
#118 - mary - 10/13/2011 - 10:42
I'm going to try the honey on my 2 year old...I was going to take him to the doctor but even webmd says there's not much they can do so i will try this first
#119 - youngmommy - 10/25/2011 - 08:54
My 2 year old had pinkeye and I used a couple of the remedies on here. I would wash his eyes out with Johnson's baby wash when in the shower and then I'd use the honey/water wash that is listed above. His pinkeye cleared up pretty fast. I noticed he wasn't scratching or bothering his eye very much during the "treatment". I'd also invest in some Lysol and make sure to wash your hands pretty frequently. We had two other boys come over during the infection and neither one of them ended up with it! Good luck with whatever you try!!
#120 - jacksmom - 11/05/2011 - 08:45
Tried the honey even though I was admittedly a little nervous about all the pain/burning/stinging comments. It did burn a little, not terrible though. And my eye feels a ton better. While I was waiting for my husband to get off work and bring me the honey I tried the slice of potato. That also provided a lot of relief from the pain and irritation I was feeling. It made the waiting much easier. I highly recommend both of these remedies.
#121 - whypinkeye - 11/11/2011 - 13:51
So as dumb as it sounds the HONEY works great alil sting @ first but within 5mins you will be po ain free no itcging or burning... Also if ur alil scared 2 drop honey strait into ur eye mix it with a small amount of warm water and flush out the eye that way... I DID THIS & OVER NIGHT IT WAS GONE
#122 - Mr. C - 01/14/2012 - 15:45
I just tried the honey thing, and it didn't burn, slightly uncomfortable, but immediatly after my eye was even more pink, now it's been a few minutes and its slowly clearing up. My eye still feels sore, and it was never itchy to start with so hopefully this will cont. to lighten it up and make the soreness disapper. Good Luck.
#123 - Dana - 01/30/2012 - 16:59
Rub pet milk round outer part of the eye and pink eye will be gone in a day or two use it on my daughter works great don't put finger back in clean milk pour in a bowl.
#124 - Lewis - 02/24/2012 - 17:01
The honey thing don't work I've been trying it for two days and if anything it gas got worse :-(
#125 - brian - 03/05/2012 - 06:47
can a six year old use breast milk to help his eye...
#126 - dee - 03/07/2012 - 08:45
Well its March 24th 2012 almost 8 in the morning in Indiana Ive come down with a case of the pink eye at first I rinsed my eye with warm water and used eye drops on the 23 of March didnt work so well my eye never cleared up this morning I boiled organic tea and mix it with honey no sugar and drunk it then I went to the net and asked about natural remedies for the pink eye most people said honey was the way to go and yes they are right all I did was was my hands real good put a dab of honey on my index finger and applied the honey from my index finger to the corner of my eye it burn only a little and then your eye tear up and starts to drain and I used a clean paper napkins to dry my eyes I have relief redness and swelling has gone down thank Elohim Yahweh for Honey
#127 - Detroit Hood Legends - 03/24/2012 - 07:03
I am not one to usually post but had to tell you I just tried one big spoon full of honeymixed with a spoon of hot water to make it more liquid and found near instant relief! Yes it stung at first (not too bad I just kept eye closed for a bit) and now while it's still red and looks horrible (it was almost swollen shut before) it's open and feels completely fine.I am following with tea bag compress. I've been on the eye drops from urgent care with no sign of relief in 24 hours. I did use organic raw honey which may make a difference. The stuff from the grocery store is often processed and loses alot of it's benefits. I would even use this on kids the mild discomfort was so worth the amazing results!
#128 - dt - 04/17/2012 - 13:55
Needless to say HONEY is the only way. It's amazing!!!! My husband got a bad case of pink eye and could not stop itching his red, swollen, puss filled eyes that hurt so much so I decided to try out the honey as I only like to use natural remedies for the family. Within one day his symptoms have cleared. Awesome!!! Finally after one whole week of misery it's all better.:)
#129 - NaturalMom - 04/21/2012 - 23:22
I get a bowl of warm water and add about 1tsp of salt water to it. Then I was my hands very well and then flush my eyes with the salt water. It work well and doesn't sting.

#130 - Crystal - 07/21/2012 - 20:58
DO NOT USE A POTATOE NEAR YOUR EYE!!!! It pulls the fluid out and you can end up looseing your eye.....I have seen this before!! Very scary. Stick with the cam tea bags or honey!!
#131 - Jamie - 11/22/2012 - 11:23
My 6yr old has been suffering with pink eye on and for a few weeks now and i had a script for it and it didnt work so now i am doing the tea and honey hopfully she will be much better by tomorrow i love my lil jellybeans fingers crossed!!!
#132 - lisa - 12/06/2012 - 19:56
Oh come one people! I just used to put the breast milk directly from the breast into the inner corners of the eyes. Until I weaned my kids, I never once had to take them to the doctor for pink eye. Breast milk a few times a day into the eyes worked every time!
#133 - Stephanie - 03/17/2013 - 01:42
The best home remedy is the Viscaria WHITE flower, you boil it with water and then once water is cool do compress w cotton ball, leave it on your eye and you will feel refreshed and it clears all the mucus in the eye.! its really good!
#134 - Maddy - 05/30/2013 - 09:53
I use Coconut oil for almost every thing and I am always amazed with all the stuff it's good for but my eye feels soooooo much better and my 5 year old didn't even throw a fit about it in his eye and says his feels better too.
#135 - Becca - 06/03/2013 - 06:35
I'm going to try honey today.. Hope it works!!
#136 - June - 12/10/2013 - 05:26
Two drops of room temperature sour milk works well and it's soothing to the eye. Leave a small cup of milk out all day and apply a couple of drops of milk to each eye at night before bedtime and leave each eye closed for a few minutes. You should be cured in the morning... You can repeat the process as required by the severity of the infection.
#137 - Engineer - 02/16/2015 - 00:46
I now have my second case of pink eye in the last month. Last time I got an ointment from a doctor- this time I am trying the Raw Honey diluted in Distilled water--2 drops in each eye every few hours. So far I have only had one application--will see how it works !
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