Have your eyes been a bit red and swollen recently? Conjunctivitis is usually caused by an infection or an allergic reaction and affects the eyeballs and the inner part of the eyelids. This eye condition causes redness and pain in the eyes, with a burning and dry feeling. Viral conjunctivitis may produce a white discharge, whereas bacterial conjunctivitis usually produces a thicker yellow discharge and is often associated with a sore throat.
This condition is contagious; hence, it is important to stay at home to prevent transmitting it to other people. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them to prevent further irritation of the eyes. Once the symptoms of conjunctivitis have cleared up, use new contact lenses and make sure that you wash all your face towels. Fortunately, several home remedies are safe and effective in treating this unpleasant infection.
Read along to find out what you can do to hasten the clearing up of the redness and the other symptoms associated with conjunctivitis.
1. Make an eyewash using herbs.
Your eyes may feel hot and itchy because of the infection. You may relieve the pain and minimise the discomfort by making a homemade eyewash. Simply combine two teaspoons of chamomile flowers and a teaspoon of Oregon grape root in two cups of boiling water. Allow the mixture to cool for about 20 minutes. Strain the content to get rid of debris. Then, wash the eyes directly with this concoction.
2. Apply calendula as compress or eyewash.
Calendula is an antiseptic that is ideal for eye problems caused by allergies and pollutants. It effectively soothes the eyes and reduces itching. You can use it as a compress, eye drops or eyewash.
3. Place a peeled slice of potato on each eye.
Swollen eyes can get so much relief from the cooling effect of something as simple and inexpensive as a potato. Simply peel a potato and slice it an inch thick. Then, rinse it before placing on top of your closed eyes. If the redness and swelling does not subside after two days, you should consult with your physician for a more intensive remedy for conjunctivitis.