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The Best 5 Home Remedies for Eye Infection
Your eyes can get infected due to allergies, certain types of viruses, bacteria or due to other microbiological reasons. Common eye infections are conjunctivitis, sty, keratitis or orbital cellulitis.
In case your eye gets infected, you should get a doctor to check up that you don’t have any serious condition which can damage your retina, optic nerve or blood vessels.
Until you get to a doctor, here are a few inexpensive and natural home remedies which will help reduce the symptoms:
#1 Warm compress for eye
A warm compress is very useful if you have a sty or are suffering from conjunctivitis.
The heat in a warm compress increases the blood circulation and helps in healing. It also prevents further infection and reduces pain and swelling.
a) Take a clean towel and dip in hot water for some time, then wring it thoroughly to squeeze out excess liquid.
b) Fold the moist and warm towel in a square and hold it against your closed eyelids for 5 minutes.
c) Repeat 4-5 times
d) Clean any oily residue from your eyelids and eyelashes with a different clean cloth.
e) Repeat many times during the day to get relief.
#2 Saline solution for eyes
Saline solution recipe
a) Take a teaspoonful of salt in a cup of distilled water and mix until it dissolves.
b) Boil the mixture and let it cool
c) Rinse your infected eye with the solution
d) Repeat at least twice a day.
#3 Apple cider vinegar for eye infection
Apple cider vinegar is helpful in curing bacterial infections in your eyes. Make sure the apple cider vinegar contains “mother” or malic acid.
Apple cider vinegar recipes
a) Take 1 tablespoonful of apple cider and pour into a cup of water
b) Mix thoroughly.
c) Dip a cotton ball in this mixture and soak it.
e) Squeeze the liquid from the wet cotton ball into your eyes
f) Rinse thoroughly and dry using a clean cloth.
#4 Honey for eyes
You can use honey for its antibacterial properties. These help in killing bacteria in eyes, which may have caused infections. Use organically raised honey for best results.
a) Mix honey and distilled water in equal parts
b) Dip a clean cotton ball in the solution and soak.
c) Squeeze the wet cotton ball in front of your eye so that the drops enter your eyes.
d) Repeat 2-3 times a day until the infection is gone.
5# Green tea for eyes
Green tea has tannic acid, which heals eye infections. It can reduce under-eye puffiness and give relief to itchy eyes as well.
Green tea also has antioxidants and nutrients which contribute to good eye health.
Green tea recipe
a) Soak 2 green tea bags in hot water for 30 seconds
b) Remove the tea bags, squeeze out excess water in the container.
c) Take the tea and teabags and put in your refrigerator for a while.
d) Wash your eyes with the cool tea
e) Take the cold tea bags and place them over your closed eyelids for 10-15 minutes
f) Repeat 3 times a day.