Pinkeye can result from an allergy to pet dander, pollen, certain chemicals, or from an infection. Viruses that contributes to the common cold can also cause pinkeye. Like the common cold, pinkeye is extremely contagious and is spread through hand-to-eye contact. Bacterial pinkeye (the most
serious type) can lead to vision loss if it is not treated medically. An eye doctor will be able to tell whether a prescription is necessary or if it is a condition that can be managed at home. If self-care is the case, you can try these strategies to help relieve the immediate symptoms and prevent the spread of germs.
Run hot and cold. Alternating between hot and cold compresses increases circulation and draws the white blood cells (infection fighters) to the eye. Soak a clean washcloth in very warm water. Wring it out and hold it against the eye for a minute. Repeat this process again by using cold water. Repeat these processes two or three times.
Try chickweed and goldenseal. Chickweed is an herb that is used to help fight infection, yet mild enough to be applied to the eyes. Brew chickweed tea and let it cool until it is comfortable to the touch. Dip a clean cloth into to tea and hold it against the affected eye while it’s closed. Repeat this process for up to an hour. For bacterial pinkeye, brew one teaspoon of dried goldenseal into a cup of boiled water. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain and allow the liquid to cool. With an eyedropper,
squirt two drops of liquid into the affected eye.
A sty is a painful red lump that has a clogged whitehead located at the base of the eyelash. This can be caused by using old makeup or not it taking it off on a regular basis. Certain medical and skin conditions can trigger them as well. Never pop a sty. This could cause rupture beneath the skin surface – making it worse. If it remains persistent or recurring, see a doctor. Otherwise, try these remedies.