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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 January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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