4 Quick and Easy At Home Remedies for Pink Eye

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Around the same time every year I get pink eye.  And no it is not the nasty pink eye that is because I have get fecal (or do do) into my eye.  I really do not know the cause but I not that feces is not it.  I always get it around the same time of year and always in my right eye.  It causes my eye to leak, it itches, and then is messes up my eye makeup which is really a pain.

Just in case you do not know there are three types of pink eye:

Viral conjunctivitis. Caused by a virus, like the common cold. This type of pink eye is very contagious, but usually will clear up on its own within several days without medical treatment.

Bacterial conjunctivitis. Caused by bacteria, this type of conjunctivitis can cause serious damage to the eye if left untreated.

Allergic conjunctivitis. Caused by eye irritants such as pollen, dust and animal dander among susceptible individuals. Allergic conjunctivitis may be seasonal (pollen) or flare up year-round (dust; pet dander).

I am not sure which one I get but I know how to get rid of it fairly fast without having to make an appointment to the doctor.

I am not a doctor of medicine but I try to do the home remedies as soon as I feel onset of symptoms and I notice that this is when it will clear up faster.


Honey has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties

Putting direct drops if honey in my eye freaks me out.  It is heavy, sticky, and I won’t be able to see.  You can chose to do it that way, but I don’t.  Instead I get a wet paper towel, fold it so that it is a thick square.  Next I put the honey on one side of the paper towel and then place it over my eye.  I open my eye just a little bit to get the honey to go in there.  It does not burn.  I leave it on for about 15-30 minutes and my eye will feel better.  If the itching and watery eyes comes back then I will repeat it.



Garlic is a natural antibiotic.

I know, this sounds painful and it is.  But the pain is only temporary and last a few seconds.  Depending on the type of garlic I have depends on how I use it.  If you have a jar of minced garlic then you can just gather the juices from the jar and place a few drops in your eye.  If you have garlic gloves.  I have put it in the microwave until it gets soft and then let it soak in extra virgin olive oil.   From there I either place drops in my eye or do the paper towel method mentioned above.  Sometimes I will get a full clove and do the paper place it on a paper toward and allow the juice to drip in my eye.  It provides relief pretty fast.

Breast Milk

When I was nursing my son this was a whole lot easier to come by.  Breast milk has a ton of healing properties and placing it into your eye  with a dropper is not going to hurt one bit.  If you have breast milk that comes from yourself, then this idea is less gross.  But I am sure that you are not trying to ask someone else for their breast milk to put in your eye.  But if you are more power to you.  No judgement.


Salt Water Rinse

I use this method if I want to cleanse the eye from all the stuff that drips from it when you get pink eye.  It does provides some relief, but not as good as the other three mentioned.  But if putting the above things in your eye does not sit well with you.  Then you can try putting salt in warm water.  Once again I do not put this directly into my eye.  I soak a cotton ball with the mixture lay flat down, open my eye a little bit, and let it salt water seep into my eye.

If all of these fail, you may want to go to the doctor.  Just saying.