Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye is the inflammation of the transparent membrane that links the eyelid and sclera. These tissues are covered by small blood vessels that may get sick when exposed to various microorganisms, resulting redness and burning sensations.
In most cases, pink eye is the result of a viral or bacterial infection, but it can also be triggered by an allergy. And even if the symptoms sometimes disappear from within a few days, it’s good to know how to speed up the healing process.
I have a nasty spring allergy to pollen that makes me look like a lunatic: red, itchy and misty eyes alongside with a stuffy and runny nose. Divine spring!
Getting rid of a stuffy nose is simple: you just inhale or eat horseradish and the problem is solved, but to get rid of that pink eye, you need to know some tricks to reduce inflammation and itchiness.
1. Cold compress
Applying a cold compress on your eyelids can soothe the burning sensation that’s commonly felt with pink eye.
- Wrap several ice cubes in a clean cloth and put it on the affected area.
- Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and remove it.
- Make sure to wash and disinfect the cloth before reapplying it.
Chamomile flowers have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help eyes recover when they become infected.
- Chill a couple of bags of chamomile tea and, once they’re frozen, place them over your eyes.
- Let them sit for 5 minutes and remove them.
- Use 2 or 3 times a day.
Cucumbers are ideal to get rid of pink eye due to its high content of water and antioxidants.
- Chill several slices of cucumber and place them over your eyes.
- Let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes and remove them.
- Repeat 3 times a day.
Potatoes and cucumbers have the same antioxidant effect that soothe eye inflammation.
- Slice a potato and place it in a refrigerator.
- Once cold, place them over your eyes for 10 minutes.
- Repeat 2 or 3 times a day, as needed.
5. Green Tea
Green tea has active compounds that reduces swelling and rejuvenates blood flow.
- Place two bags of green tea over your eyelids.
- Let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Use 3 times a day.
6. Salt Water
The antiseptic action of salt water disinfects the affected area, meaning that it will stop bacterial growth.
- In a bowl, dilute a small amount of salt with warm water.
- Dip your face into the mixture for a few seconds, making sure to open your eyes so that the liquid can get inside of them.
- Pat your face dry and repeat up to 2 times a day.