How to treat conjunctivitis with home remedies
Conjunctivitis or pink eye occurs when an inflammation of the thin membrane that covers the inner area of the eyelids and the white part of the eye occurs. This eye condition may affect only one eye or both and is often caused either by viral infection, bacterial or a particular allergic reaction. Although it is always advisable to consult a doctor to receive the most appropriate treatment, it is also possible as a supplement to relieve symptoms of conjunctivitis with some natural products indicated for it. See the following OneHowTo article how to treat conjunctivitis with home remedies.
The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Chamomile make it an ideal herb for relieving ocular conditions as conjunctivitis, the onset of styes, swollen eyes, etc. The best treatment is to prepare an infusion of chamomile and when cold, soaking in it some cotton wool pads and make an eyewash, gently wiping with the cotton wool.
Another popular home remedy for treating conjunctivitis and eye irritation is to perform an eye bath with fennel. Buy fennel seeds and put them to boil in water. When cool, strain the resulting liquid and use that water to wash the infected eye. You will notice it reduces itching, inflammation and redness.
To relieve the itching and the discomfort of conjunctivitis you can also take the antiviral and antibacterial properties of calendula, a herb with many therapeutic uses. To prepare this home remedy you only need one teaspoon of dried calendula flowers and make a tea by introducing flowers in hot water. Bring to boil, strain the mixture when it is warm or cold, soak a cotton wool pad or gauze and apply on the damaged eye.
Applying some fresh cucumber slices is also a good home remedy for treating conjunctivitis, it relaxes your eyes and reduces redness. This is thanks to the rich content of water, vitamin E and natural oils that this nutritious vegetable contains. Just cut a few slices of cucumber and place them on the affected eye for at least 10 minutes. Also, the application over the eyes of properly cleaned sliced raw potato can be another effective alternative to calm inflammation.
Contrary to what many believe, the use of ingredients such as lemon or honey is inadequate for treating conjunctivitis because it can worsen the symptoms. Instead, preferable home remedies are based on therapeutic plants with indicated properties for this as is the case of Witch Hazel. This has active ingredients that are recommended by specialists for both cases of conjunctivitis and patients suffering from blepharitis because it is very effective in reducing inflammation. If you want to try, you can purchase witch hazel at the pharmacy and use it in eye washes.
If your conjuctivitis doesn't go away within 3 days, consult your doctor or pharmacist for appropriate treatment.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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