Pink eye is a clinical condition called conjunctivitis which is the inflammation of the conjunctiva – the mucous membrane of the eyes. Anything that irritates and infects this mucous membrane results into swelling and redness of the conjunctiva which clinically is seen as pink eye. Three types of irritants can affect your conjunctiva i.e. bacteria, virus and the allergen like pollen, dust or debris etc. You exhibit the different type of symptoms depending upon the causative factor but commonly swelling of the eyelid, redness of the eye white, mild pain, excessive tearing, itching, the formation of eye debris or in the case of an allergic pink eye, even running nose and stuffiness may be the presenting symptoms. Shortly to say, once you recognize that you have pink eye due to any reason, you worry how to get rid of it? It is a huge embarrassment especially when something bad happens to your face. Let’s discuss some ways to get rid of pink eye at home without medical treatment.
Boric acid is a weak acid but a good antiseptic agent that can be used at home. You just have to mix a tablespoon of boric acid in a glass of water and prepare an eye wash for yourself. Rinse your eyes with it. Boric acid eye wash is a good remedy for bacterial pink eye cases.
Honey Eye Drops Or Eye Wash
Honey is a natural antibacterial and antibiotics agent that can be used directly for rapid effects. You can put drops of clean honey in your eyes as eye drops. That will clean the bacteria out of your eyes. Alternatively, you can make an eye wash. Mix 3 tablespoons of honey with 2 cups of water. Boil it and let it cool steadily. Rinse your both eyes with it several times a day to treat your pink eye. You can also mix honey with milk to wash your eyes or solely use milk for rinsing your eyes. That will do the trick.
Potato As Astringent
Potato is an astringent i.e. it can absorb the microbes or invading agents to its substance. You just have to place raw potatoes on your effected eyes for a few minutes. Then replace the use potatoes with fresh ones and repeat this process several times. It will reduce your eye swelling and help with pink eye.
Teabags – Antibacterial And Anti-Viral
Tea possesses the ability to kill microbes and viruses due to the presence of bioflavonoids. Simply, put a moist teabag on the effected eyes several times a day. It will reduce the inflammation and ultimately reduce your eye infections. You can also make a weak solution of tea for washing your effected eyes. Try to dilute it with plain water as much as to make sure it safe.
Hot And Cold Compresses
Hot compresses can help drain the debris collected in the effected eye easily. Pick a clean cloth and soak it the warm water. Now place it on the effected eye hot compress. Similarly, you can use cold water to soak to make a cold compress for your eyes. Cold compresses can decrease the itching, swelling and burning sensation in your pink eye.
Berberis vulgaris Or Mountain Grape
Mountain grape or Berberis vulgaris is a plant with natural properties to fight against the virus, bacteria, fungi and parasitic infections. Owing to the present of unique compound berberine, an isoquinolone that can kill infectious agents causing pink eye, mountain grape is a good choice to prepare eye wash. Boil mountain grapes in the water and allow it to cool at room temperature. Your eye wash is ready. Rinse your eyes thoroughly with it 3-4 times a day.