Posted on: 8 December 2014
If you have pink eye, you may be experiencing symptoms such as pain, swelling, and discharge. Along with any prescribed treatment, you can also use the following three-step treatment every night before going to bed to help soothe your discomfort. The ingredients can be found in pharmacies, herbal shops, and most grocery stores.
Step 1: Rose Water Rinse
Rose water flushes away dust, bacteria, and other gunk that has accumulated in and around your eye during the day. It also soothes the irritated membranes. You will also need a sterile eyedropper and a sterile gauze pad for this step.
Hold your head back and place three drops in each eye. Close your eyes for two minutes, then blink rapidly for one minute. Place two more drops in each eye to flush them out.
Use the sterile gauze to wipe the water from around the eyes. Then, go on to step two.
Step 2: Chamomile Tea Poultice
Using this chamomile tea poultice will calm the inflammation and reduce the swelling in your eyelids. However, if you are allergic to ragweed, you should avoid using chamomile. Instead, use fennel or calendula tea.
You will also need a cup of hot water with a quarter teaspoon of salt added. The salt will draw out the astringent properties of the tea, allowing the poultices to also pull out impurities in and around the eyes.
Soak two tea bags in the hot salt water for ten minutes. Let them cool until they are lukewarm. Place a bag on each eye and leave them for ten minutes.
Remove and throw the bags away. Then, go on to the third step.
Step 3: Honey Drops
Raw honey not only soothes inflamed eyes – the bacterial properties can help kill the germs causing pink eye. You will also need a small bottle of sterile water, a small bowl, and a sterile eyedropper for this step.
Pour the sterile water into the bowl and add a tablespoon of honey. Place the bowl in the microwave for 15 seconds. Remove it and stir vigorously to distribute the honey throughout the water. Return the bowl to the microwave for another 10 seconds.
After waiting 10 minutes for the honey water to cool, use the dropper to place three drops in each eye. Rapidly blink to coat the eyeball.
You should see an improvement in your symptoms after the first application. After a week of doing these steps nightly, you should see great improvement. However, if your condition seems to be getting worse, you may want to contact an ophthalmologist like those at the California Eye Specialists Medical Group Inc. so they can re-examine you and prescribe a different medication if needed.Share