9. Apple Cider Vinegar
For treating pink eye, apple cider vinegar is highly effective. The malic acid in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar works like an antimicrobial agent, which helps fight bacterial infections. It even helps remove germs and debris from the eyes to promote healing.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of filtered water.
- Dip a cotton ball in this solution.
- Use it to thoroughly wash the outside of the infected eye.
- Repeat every few hours for a few days.
10. Breast Milk
This remedy is highly effective and safe for getting rid of pink eye, especially in babies.
Breast milk contains certain antibodies, particularly immunoglobulin E, which prevents infection-causing bacteria from attaching to the mucosal surface of the eye. This in turn limits the growth of the bacteria, helping the infection heal quickly.
- Put a little breast milk into a cup.
- Using a clean eye dropper, put 2 or 3 drops of breast milk into the infected eye.
- Reapply every couple of hours or as needed.
Breast milk is effective in treating ear infections in babies, too.
- Splash cold water on your eyes a few times daily to strengthen your eyes.
- You can use over-the-counter eye drops to relieve symptoms associated with infections.
- Rinse your eyes with pure rosewater at least twice a day. You can also use rosewater as eye drops for instant relief from itching.
- Dilute a small amount of tearless baby shampoo in 1 cup of water and use it to clean out any debris in or around the eye.
- During an infection, avoid wearing lenses for several days.
- Do not touch your infected eyes without washing your hands first.
- Do not share towels or bedding with anyone to prevent spreading the infection.
- Do not wear eye makeup and avoid sharing eye makeup or applicators when you have an eye infection.
- Keep hand sanitizers, cleansers and anti-infective sprays handy and use them accordingly.
- If the eye infection does not get better in a few days, consult your doctor.