Have you ever woken in the morning to find one or both of your eyes sore and gunky or glued shut? If so then more than likely you have pink eye.
There are several different causes of pink eye and if this is your first time getting it then if at all possible you should have it checked out by your Doctor.
But until you get a chance to see your Doctor there are a few natural things that you can do to get some relief.
Things You'll Need
- warm salt water
- similasan eye drops
- tea bags
First if you're a contact lens wearer you need to remove them for the duration of the infection. If you continue to wear the contacts the infection could get worse. Also make sure that your lens are disinfected before you use them again, otherwise if you have viral pink eye you may reinfect yourself.
Wash your hands and apply a warm wet washcloth soaked in salt water to your eyes in order to soften and remove the gunk from around your eyes.
Sometimes pink eye is caused by an allergen, for example I once had pink eye which was caused from our Christmas tree. If this is the case with you the first thing that you need to do is to remove the offending item and take an antihistamine before applying some eye drops which are specially made for pink eye such as Similasan Pink Eye Drops. Don't use visine, this will only make things worse!
Make some Chamomile tea and afterwards place the cooled tea bags onto your eyes for a few minutes. Do this several times a day and by the next day you should notice an improvement. Any type of tea will work but in my opinion Chamomile is the best.
Viral pink eye which will usually have run it's course after ten days can be very contagious. So you're going to want to take some precautions to make sure that you don't reinfect yourself or anyone else.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't forget to see your Physician, especially if this is your first eye infection.
- Wash your pillow cases in hot water and always use a fresh clean one everyday until the infection has cleared up.
- Frequent hand washing will help to lessen the risk of you spreading the pink eye.
- Don't take visine, this will only dry out your eyes and cause the infection to get worse!
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