Pink Eye Treatment

By Moses Wright

An irritation or inflammation of the membrane that lines the surface of the eye and the eyelid is called conjunctivitis or pink eye. Itching, tearing, burning, sensitivity to light, redness, swelling of the eyelids, drainage from the eye, and feeling as if there was something in the eye are common symptoms of pink eye.

Pink eye can be caused by allergies, bacteria, or viruses. Since most cases of pink eye or caused by viral infection which has no medical treatment, pink eye treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms. People with pink eye should also be careful to avoid spreading the infection to others.

People with pink eye should try to prevent the spread of pink eye by frequently washing their hands. People with pink eye should try to avoid rubbing her eyes or if they do so, they should immediately wash their hands afterwards. Medicated eye drops for pink eye are often not prescribe because they can become easily contaminated.

During pink eye, people should not wear contact lenses. Pink eye will usually clear on its own within three to five days even without medical treatment. Home treatment for pink eye can help reduce the severity of the symptoms and make the person feel more comfortable.

Warm or cold compresses may be reused depending on which one provides the most relief for the individual. People should always use clean compress is for each eye and for each application of compresses.

Frequently washing the eyes can often help people feel more comfortable. The eyes should be wiped with a wet washcloth, tissue, or moistened cotton ball from the inside corner close the nose to the outside corner. If tissues or cotton balls are being used, they should be thrown away immediately after use.

Washclothes should be placed in the laundry after use for the same reason. The washcloth should not be used for both eyes or for more than one use without being washed between uses.

Tea bags of green tea are used as the home remedy for pink eye. A tea bag of green tea should be warmed in hot water for one minute, then used as a compress. After the tea bag goes cold, some people squeezed a little bit of the tea into the corner of the eye or along the eyelashes so that a small amount of tea may go into the eye. - 30540

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