Pink Eye is caused by viral and bacterial infections. It is mostly caused by an adenovirus which also affects the respiratory tract and causes upper respiratory infection and a sore throat. The virus inflames the mucous membranes that line the eyelid and eye surface. As a result the conjunctiva becomes red and swollen. The white of the eye becomes red and there is an itchiness and burning sensation in the eyes.
The eyelids too become swollen and the eyes become watery. A thick whitish discharge often forms a crust over the eyelids. There can also be swelling and tenderness in the areas in front of the ears. This infection is very contagious and care should be taken not to use the infected person’s personal articles.
Bacterial pinkeye causes more drainage from the eyes and it makes the eyelashes stick together. There is extensive pain and swelling of the upper eyelid. Both the infections can go away in seven to ten day’s time but sometimes they can continue for a longer period and while they last, they cause excessive discomfort.
Natural Cures For Pink Eye
Raw Cow’s Milk
Cow’s milk is full of probiotics which can easily quell the infection. This remedy is very safe and can be used for children too. The beneficial bacteria present in the milk, quickly set to work and crowd out the pathogens and eliminate them from the eyes.
Take a dropper and put two drops of raw cow’s milk in each eye. Keep using it every few hours. The itching and burning will abate and the pain too will reduce considerably.
Take some homemade curd and remove the clear liquid part of it. Just press the curd with a tablespoon and the clear liquid will come to the top. Remove it with the spoon and keep it in a cup. With the help of a dropper drop two drops of this clear liquid into each eye.
The immunity boosting properties of curd will soon contain the infection and start the healing process. The whey will also have a cooling effect on the irritated eyes.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
One of the main causes of pinkeye is vitamin A deficiency. Fermented cod liver oil has huge amounts of natural vitamin A which is extremely crucial for the eyes. It keeps the eyes in good health and maintains clear vision.
It also prevents infections and eye diseases. Take one teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil twice daily. Vitamin supplements contain synthetic vitamin A which does not have the same qualities as natural vitamin A.
Take a piece of sandalwood and rub it on a flat stone with a little water. Keep rubbing till you get a thick paste. Apply the paste on your eyelids and relax for ten to fifteen minutes with your eyes closed. Sandalwood will soothe the irritated eyes and will reduce the burning and itching instantly. Use the paste as often as required.
Rose water is very cool and fragrant. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the inflammation and swelling and bring relief in the itching.
Put a few drops of rose water in both your eyes three times daily. Rose water will flush out the pathogens from the eyes and will heal them quickly.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.