Pinkeye, also called conjunctivitis, is an extremely contagious bacterial or viral infection of the outermost layer of the eye and the inside surface of the eyelid. It is a common condition this time of year, when pollen counts are high, allergies are running rampant, and immunity for most people is very low from moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency (from being inside all winter out of the sun).
What Are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?
The signs and symptoms of pink eye may vary depending on the cause, but they usually include:
Normal eye vs. eye with inflamed or orritated conjunctiva
Signs and symptoms of pink eye can vary but typically include redness or swelling of the white of the eye.
#Redness or swelling of the white of the eye or inside the eyelids
#Increased amount of tears
#White, yellow or green eye discharge
#Increased sensitivity to light
#Gritty feeling in the eye
#Crusting of the eyelids or lashes
What Causes Pink Eye?
There are four main causes of pink eye:
Allergens (like pet dander or dust mites)
Irritants (like smog or swimming pool chlorine) that infect or irritate the eye and eyelid lining
1.Natural home remedy using honey:
1. Honey fights bacterial infection and soothes the eye.
2. Take 2 cups hot water
3. Add 3 tbsp honey
4. Mix well
5. Allow the mixture to cool
6. Wash your eyes with this mixture twice a day
2.Natural home remedy using coriander leaves:
1. Take a handful of coriander leaves
2. Add 250 ml water
3. Boil for 15-20 min
4. Cool and strain the liquid
5. Use this decoction as an eyewash
3.Natural home remedy using potato:
1. Slice a potato
2. Place the slice on the infected eye
3. This will reduce the pain
4.Herbal Tea Poultices
According to Prescription For Nutritional Healing, “Calendula, chamomile, fennel and/or eyebright teas can be used to make hot compresses. Eyebright can also be taken orally in capsule or tea form. It is good for any eye irritation or inflammation. The tea can also be used to rinse the eyes.(Source
5.Using Breast Milk
Particular antibody in the breast milk, called immunoglobulin A, prevents the pink eye bacteria from attaching to the mucosal surface of the eye. This limits the growth of the bacteria, helping to end the eye infection.(Source
Saline (salt water) eye drops are often recommended for pink eye. Some store bought brands contain lubricants and other medications for various conditions, but you can make a simple solution at home. Kathryn Darden, a Rodan + Fields Dermatologists consultant, explains how to use a salt water wash:(Source