A pink eye or also known as conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the membrane that is covering the eyeball and the eyelids. This membrane is very thin and transparent and its purpose is protecting and moistening the eye. The pink eye is the inflammatory condition that is caused by various reasons such as viruses (herpes simplex), bacteria (staph or streptococcus), allergies (triggered by makeup, dust, cosmetics, contact lenses), irritations (caused by pollution, cigarette smoke, detergent, shampoo, spray) or an incompletely closed tear duct (just for the newborns).
The symptoms for the condition conjunctivitis are a feeling that you have some foreign object in your eye, burning or itchy eyes, abundant tearing, congestion, red eyes, white-yellow liquid causing the eyelids to stick together while a person is sleeping.
When you want to accelerate the healing process and to get rid of the pink eye on a much faster way, you can use one of these homemade eye drops:
- Put 2 drops of aloe juice in the eyes, at night, before going to sleep
- Use vitamin A or marigold oil on the eyelids up to 4 times a day, until the conjunctivitis is completely healed
- Add 2 teaspoons of propolis in one glass of water, squeeze the contents through gauze and use a drop for each eye, putting it on every 3 hours.
- Choose between one of the medicinal plants that are suitable to treat this health condition – sage, chamomile, marigold, rose petals, or grape leaves to make wet pads for your pink eye. Infuse 4 tablespoons of dried plant in a cup of boiling water for about 20 minutes. Put sterile gauze in the warm liquid, drain it, and apply it on the eye for around half an hour.
If you expect the remedies to work, we suggest you to also take hygiene precautions, such as avoiding contact with the affected area, because it can be easily passed to the healthy eye; washing the hands with soap and wipe the liquid coming from the eyes with sterile gauze, change your face towel and pillowcase every day; avoid using makeup and cosmetics.
Respecting these few simple guidelines together with using the homemade remedies, is going to make the pink eye disappear in no time.