How to Treat Conjunctivitis with Honey

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: June 3, 2018
How to Treat Conjunctivitis with Honey

Conjunctivitis is a common but nasty disorder of the eye that affects males and females of all age groups, especially young children. It happens when your eye’s outer layer covering the white part of the eye becomes inflamed. In this condition, the eye becomes red, itchy and swollen, and produces mucus that sticks your eyelids when you are asleep. The condition can be quite uncomfortable and upsetting for everyone, and it usually goes on its own within 7 to 10 days. But this oneHOWTO article is going to tell you how to treat conjunctivitis with honey.

Knowing the type of conjunctivitis

Basically, there are three different types of conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye: viral, bacterial and allergic.

Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are contagious. It often starts in one eye, and then moves on to the other. Viral conjunctivitis is usually identified by watery, clear drainage, while bacterial conjunctivitis is identified by yellowish green mucus that makes your eyes sticky. If one person in the family develops a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, then other members of the family have chances to catch the infection too. So, it is better to take appropriate action as soon as the first family member develops it.

On the other hand, allergic conjunctivitis is caused by seasonal pollen, animal dander or dust in the air, and is not communicable. Some people are also allergic to chemical based perfumes and cosmetics. This condition usually irritates both eyes at once, making them water, itch and burn. Sometimes, it may also cause the patient’s nose to drip.

Why you should go for natural methods of treating conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can be treated or at least relieved with a number of pharmaceutical treatment methods, including antihistamines, ointments and eye drops. But there are certain reasons why some people do not want to use them. First is that they contain toxic and unnatural chemicals that they may want to avoid, and second is that they aim at treating only the symptoms, but not the cause itself. If you wish to treat your conjunctivitis, then natural treatment can be your best bet. These methods are effective, safe, and free from any side effects. Though we're going to teach you how to treat conjunctivitis with honey, you can also take a look at other home remedies for conjunctivitis.

How to Treat Conjunctivitis with Honey - Why you should go for natural methods of treating conjunctivitis

Using honey to treat conjunctivitis

All of us are aware of the amazing antibacterial properties of honey. To treat conjunctivitis with honey properly, make an eye-wash by mixing honey and warm milk, and it will work wonders to soothe your conjunctivitis.

Use milk and honey in equal parts, and make sure that the milk is only warm, not boiling. Mix both the ingredients together and stir well until the honey gets completely dissolved in the milk. Pour this solution in an eye dropper and install 2-3 drops of this solution in your each eye few times a day. You may also use this solution as an effective eye compress.

Milk has soothing effects and honey has antibacterial properties, both of which will start working immediately. In most cases, conjunctivitis is cleared up within 24 hours of starting using the solution. The best thing is that honey is cheap and easily available, and you don’t need to worry even if your kids eat it. It does not even pain when you instill it in your or your kid’s eyes. You can use this solution as many as times as you want, and there are no side effects.

During this time, we don't recommend applying makeup on the eye area at least.

How to Treat Conjunctivitis with Honey - Using honey to treat conjunctivitis

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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