Redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucus membrane that line the eyelids, and eye surface is known as conjunctivitis, or pinkeye. The lining of the eye becomes red and swollen if irritation or infection occurs. Pinkeye is common and usually not serious. A fine, diffuse, pinkness of the conjunctiva shows with pinkeye. This is sometimes mistaken for other eye infections but differing symptoms will give you the correct diagnosis.
If someone around you has had pinkeye, you may find yourself concerned as pinkeye is contagious. Pinkeye is a disturbing, itchy annoyance that sends most people to the clinic to get rid of this with antibiotics, while the infection is tenacious, there are some natural remedies that can help you to get rid of pinkeye without medication.
• Breast milk is considered the best remedy for pinkeye. If you or anyone you know is breast-feeding and they are willing to share their bounty for a good cause you can try this. The infection is battled by flushing your eyes with warm fresh milk as it is has many nutrients and antibodies. If you are not so lucky and have no access to breast milk, chamomile tea bags can be used to relieve the pain. Keeping wet and warm chamomile tea bags on the eye for 10 minutes helps draw out the heat and decrease swelling.
• For instant pain relief apply fresh aloe directly to the infected eye. Aloe also has antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties which help the infection fade sooner.
• People who can bear intense pain for about 5 minutes can encourage tearing by aggravating the eye with a drop of lemon juice or saline solution to flush out the eyes. Nothing should be touched directly on the eye to decrease transference.
• Keep a cold cloth on the eye for an hour at a time in order to prevent blood flow from invading the eye which would make the eyes redder and more swollen. In order to retain the cool temperature, you can replace the cool towel as needed. Blood vessels can be lessened by this and it also gives a chance to the damaged and irritated eye tissues to heal. You can try keeping a cold compress to the eye which will reduce the swelling for instant pain relief.
• Baby shampoo can be used to thoroughly clean the eye and relieve pain, baby shampoo has a numbing agent so that it doesn’t burn children’s eyes.