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  • According to Peter Molan, a former professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, honey is effective against all kinds of bacteria, even to those that are resistant to antibiotics
  • If the cause of your pink eye is a bacterial infection, probiotics may help you fight it
 

Recommended Treatment and Remedies for Pink Eye

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Pink eye is very contagious and can spread easily to your family members if you're not careful. By seeking treatment right away, not only can you reduce the chances of spreading, but also experience relief from the symptoms.

Safe Home Remedies for Pink Eye

The following home remedies can be applied to your infection to help experience relief from its symptoms:

Honey

Aside from being a popular food, honey has long been known for its antibacterial properties.

According to Peter Molan, a former professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, honey is effective against all kinds of bacteria, even to those that are resistant to antibiotics.

This is due to the naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide activity in the honey when it is diluted.1

Boric Acid

Boric acid is a weakened acid derived from boron. It’s safe to use and is recognized for its role as an effective antiseptic for minor burns and cuts. It’s also used to treat different types of bacterial and fungal infections, such as acne, yeast infection and ringworm.

To use boric acid for your pink eye, you can dissolve a small amount in water and then apply the mixture to the infection using cotton balls.2

Euphrasia

Euphrasia is a flower commonly known as “eyebright” due to the fact it has been used for treating assorted eye infections aside from pink eye, thanks to its strong antibacterial properties.

Mix five drops of eyebright tincture in a cup of boiling water that has cooled down, then use the resulting mixture as an eyewash.3

Black Tea

Black tea contains compounds called tannins that may help reduce the itching and inflammation in your eyes. It also contains bioflavonoids that may help eliminate viruses or bacteria present in your infected eye.

To use black tea, simply place cooled, moist black tea bags on your affected eye for 10 minutes, four times a day. You may use a diluted form of black tea as an eyewash too.4

Cold or Warm Compress

If the cause was an allergic reaction, a cold or warm compress may help with pink eye. A cold compress can help ease the swelling on your eyes, while a warm compress may relax them.

Simply soak a piece of cloth or small towel in warm or cold water, squeeze out the excess water, then place it on your eye for 10 minutes. Do this several times a day until the inflammation subsides.5

Raw Cow or Goat Milk

If the cause of your pink eye is a bacterial infection, probiotics may help you fight it. Two good sources of probiotics are raw cow and goat milk (either one of them only will be fine to use).

It’s important that you purchase only raw milk and not commercially manufactured milk, because pasteurization tends to destroy many important compounds. Use an eyedropper to place a couple of drops on your affected eye. Repeat this a few times a day until the symptoms subside.

Before you try any of the remedies listed above, it’s recommended that you see a doctor first to check for any allergic reaction. This will help avoid worsening the irritation in your eyes.

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