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What are the Best Home Remedies for Pink Eye?

What are the Best Home Remedies for Pink Eye?

What is pink eye?

Pink eye—or conjunctivitis—is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the outermost layer of the eye that covers the white part of the eye called the sclera. This outermost layer helps with lubrication of the eye by producing tears and mucus, and also helps to prevent microbes from entering the eye.  When the conjunctiva is swollen and red, it means that it was irritated and infected. Many people do not even treat this infection due to the fact that goes away in 7 to 10 days without any treatment, but it is very common, and can be contagious. On the other hand, the fact that one has it means that his or her overall immune system is weakened.

What types of pink eye can one have?

Viral pink eye, which is very contagious, is caused by a virus; in particular the adenovirus. This is a common respiratory virus that can also cause sore throat and some of the upper respiratory infections.  The herpes virus can also cause viral pink eye, which may last up to 3 weeks and become chronic. When it is not treated, it will clear up on its own after 5 to 7 days. For some of the viruses that cause viral pink eye there is no particular medical treatment, but the problem is bigger since it can easily spread.

Bacterial pink eye, caused by bacteria, is very contagious and spreads easily as well. It happens when bacteria enter the eye or the area around the eye. Common infections such as staph infection, cat-scratch disease, gonorrhoea  and haemophilus influenza type B can cause bacterial pink eye. Bacterial infections last up to 10 days when untreated can cause serious drainage.

Allergic pink eye is the infection caused by pollen, dust, or animal dander. These allergies can be seasonal (such as with pollen), and although this type of pink eye is not contagious, it can be very unpleasant because it can affect both eyes.

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What symptoms can we expect from different types of pink eye?

Symptoms of viral pink eye

• Swelling of the eyelids
• Redness in the white of the eye
• A lot of tearing
• Swollen areas in front of the ears
• Burning feeling of the eyelids
• Itching
• Clear or slightly thick drainage

It can be very serious when one is wearing contact lenses, and have vision in only one eye, and also when the immune system is impaired. There are no medicines that can treat viral pink eye, so home remedies are the best solution. Although very unpleasant, people can return to work or school usually in 3 to 5 days when symptoms begin to improve.

Symptoms of bacterial pink eye

• Redness in the white of the eye
• Mild pain
• Drainage form the eye, usually gray or yellow

• Eyelashes may stick together due to the drainage
• Swelling of the upper eyelid
• Bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics, and people can return to day care, work, or school even 24 hours after the antibiotic treatment.

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Symptoms of allergic pink eye

• Itching
• Runny nose and stuffiness
• Burning feeling of the eyelids
• Mild drainage

One can usually find allergy medications for this pink eye, but sometimes the treatment must be preventative.

What to do when pink eye occurs?

Although many opt for medications and antibiotics, there are natural ways to treat these infections.

Barberry plant

Berberis vulgaris or mountain grape is a plant that has a long history of usage as folk remedy. It is famous in treating digestive disorders, infections, indigestion, and urinary tract infections. The plant has numerous benefits due to the powerful ingredients. Berberine, isoquinolone alkaloid found in root, stem bark, and rhizome, effectively fight bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. As a remedy, it is perfect as eyewash. One should boil it in water, and let it cool before rinsing eyes with it. Another solution is a poultice with a few drops of water, on a closed eye.

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Boric acid

This acid, also called hydrogen borate, is a weak acid of boron that is used as an antiseptic for minor burns and cuts. As an antibacterial compound, it is common for acne treatment, ear infection, and Athlete’s foot. For pink eye, boric acid mixed with water is a great eyewash.

Honey

Honey is powerful due to its antibacterial and antibiotic properties. When mixed with water or milk, it can be very effective remedy for conjunctivitis. One can put honey directly on eyes, or make an eyewash from 3 tablespoons of honey and 2 cups of water. After boiling, stir it and when it cools, use it as an eyewash several times a day. You can replace water with milk for the same treatment. Warm milk can be also used as an eyewash or a compress.

Potato

One can use raw potato and place it on the eye several times a day. When used often, potato can reduce the swelling due to its astringent properties.

Goldenseal

This perennial plant has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and astringent properties. Goldenseal also contains berberine that fights  infection, and kills the bacteria that cause conjunctivitis. To make a warm solution one needs 2 teaspoons of goldenseal and a cup of boiled water. For eye drops, mix chamomile, comfrey, 1/8 teaspoon of goldenseal, and a cup of boiled water. It should steep for 15 minutes. After you strain it, use it as eye drops.

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Teas

Black and green teas contain bioflavonoids that fight viral and bacterial infections and reduce inflammation. A moist teabag on affected eye for several minutes, 3-4 times a day, will help ease the infection. If possible, use black tea due to the tannis that can reduce inflammation more quickly. For an eyewash, use a weak solution of tea.

Probiotics

Probiotics are powerful because they fight and kill “bad” bacteria that cause the infection, by increasing the number of “good” bacteria in the infected area. Popular probiotics are colostrums (breast milk) and kefir. Hot compresses can help with drainage and dry secretions. For this purpose, take a washcloth, run it under warm water and apply to the eye for 5 minutes. A cold compress will help with itching, swelling, and burning sensation. Sterile gauze soaked in water and placed in the freezer for 30 minutes will have an incredible soothing effect.

Ways to prevent pink eye

• Avoid rubbing and touching your eyes
• Wash your hands frequently
• Never share personal washcloths, tissues, or hand towels

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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