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Medic for Itchy Eyes

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Chances are high that you’ve experienced itchy eyes at some point in your life.

In fact, having an itchy sensation in and around the eyes is a very common problem and one that can be really frustrating and uncomfortable.

Associated symptoms of itchy eyes are a burning sensation in the eyes, watery eyes, inflamed eyelids, redness in the eyes, discharge from the eyes and increased sensitivity to light.

The main causes of itchy eyes are largely believed to be either an allergic reaction or some kind of infection. Other causes include dry eyes, use of lenses, improper eye hygiene, use of expired eye cosmetics and some foreign substance in the eyes, such as dust or sand.

The problem can be recurring for those who frequently touch or rub their eyes. Also, the itching sensation worsens in a high-polluted environment or during the allergy season.

It is important to treat itchy eyes quickly, as leaving your eye untreated can lead to further complications and increase your risk of eye damage.

For instant relief, you can try some easy natural treatments. Many of these remedies use readily available ingredients from your kitchen.

However, if the problem is severe or caused by an underlying condition, consult your eye care professional. Health experts recommend determining the cause of itchy eyes before looking for the solution.

itchy eyes home remedies

Here are the top 10 home remedies for itchy eyes.

1. Cold Compresses

Applying cold compresses over the affected eye can help you get instant relief.

A cool, moist washcloth is the best remedy for itchiness that is a result of some kind of allergy. It also helps alleviate dryness as well as irritation.

cold compress for itchy eyes

You can use either of the methods below 3 or 4 times a day.

  • The simplest way to do this is to soak a cloth in ice cold water, wring it out and place it over your eyes. Remove after 5 minutes and repeat a few more times.
  • Alternatively, wrap some ice cubes or a package of frozen food like peas in a clean cotton towel. Place it over your closed eyelids and remove it after 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times more.

2. Chamomile

Due to its powerful anti-allergenic effects, chamomile tea can also be used as a cold compress or an eyewash to help relieve itchy eyes. It inhibits the release of histamine, which helps prevent an allergic reaction that can lead to itchiness in the eyes.

chamomile tea for itchy eyes

Chamomile also reinvigorates tired eyes and leaves them feeling fresh and sparkly.

  • Steep 1 chamomile tea bag in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag, then allow the tea to cool. Use the cool tea as an effective eyewash, 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Alternatively, put used chamomile tea bags in the refrigerator. Put the chilled tea bags over your closed eyelids for about 10 minutes. Do this 3 or 4 times a day for fast recovery.

3. Cucumber

Cucumbers have anti-irritation as well as antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation and irritation contributing to itchy eyes.

Its cooling nature is also effective at reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.

cucumber slices soothe itchy eyes

  1. Thoroughly wash a cucumber and cut it into thin slices.
  2. Refrigerate the slices for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Put the chilled cucumber slices over your closed eyes for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Repeat 4 or 5 times a day.

You can use raw potatoes (peeled and sliced) the same way to combat itchiness in the eyes.

4. Cold Milk

Milk is also a popular home remedy for itchy eyes. Cold milk soothes the burning sensation and eases discomfort of itchiness in the eyes.

cold milk eases itching in eyes

The fat in milk is also very soothing and relaxing for tired eyes.

  • Dab a clean cotton ball in cold milk. Rub it around your closed eyes. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
  • You can also place a cotton ball soaked in milk over your eyes as a compress for 15 to 20 minutes for an instant cooling effect. Do it 3 or 4 times a day.

5. Rose Water

Pure rose water is one of the most effective home remedies for itchy eyes. It is soothing and cooling for the eyes and helps clear the itchiness.

rose water treats itchy, tired eyes

It even works as a natural relaxer for strained and tired eyes. Plus, it helps fade dark circles and eye puffiness.

  • Rinse your eyes with pure rose water at least twice a day.
  • You can also use rose water as eye drops for instant relief. Put 2 or 3 drops of rose water into the inflamed eye, twice a day.
  • Dip 2 cotton balls in rose water and place them over your closed eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day.

6. Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits, including providing relief from itchy eyes. It soothes the eyes and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

This tea also helps fight viral and bacterial infections that may be causing the itchy sensation in the eyes.

green te reduces itching in eyes

  • Boil 1 cup of water. Dunk 2 green tea bags in it and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, then let the tea cool completely. Flush your eyes twice a day with the solution until your symptoms subside.
  • You can also put a moist and cool green tea bag over your closed eyelids for several minutes. Repeat several times a day.

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  1. awesome TYou I just bathed my eye with milk & WOW It honestly feels so Good.I THINK I May have the beginning if a STY Is there another easy home remedy? Thank You for sharing the milk with us ** A Happy Chappy **

    1. Breastmilk is even prescribing medicinally…no kidding!
      Find a friend who is breastfeeding if you are not nursing a child,,,but it is such a great solution!

    2. I have been having bad cat allergies these days and I keep having this habit of rubbing my eye. And, now I got eczema on my eyes from all the rubbing and itching! I bought some allergy eyedrops hoping that they would reduce my itching, but instead they sting and get watery. I got frustrated so I searched the web trying to find helpful info on reducing itchy eyes, but then I found this article. I tried bathing my eye in milk, (because that was the easiest method LOL) and it worked much, much better than the drops! It soothed my eye and it was really really cold, just how I wanted it to be! I also tried the cucumber once in a while too! That helps as well. Another natural, easy method! The tea bags work, but it lasts for a bit, unlike the others. But it works all right! Thx for the nice info! Now I can spend more time w/my kitties! Thx again!

      1. I have bad allergy to Cats, also. I use an eye dropper with a solution of Colloidal Silver and water. It works great! You can buy a big bottle, really cheap, on Ebay.

  2. The milk is wonderful!!!!!!!! I even let the milk drip down in my eyes and its like instant relief!!!! Thank you so much!

    1. I’m about to try it its the easiest thing i saw i hope your right thanks i have really bad
      allergy eyes they get red,puffy,icthy,burning,watery thx!!!!!!!!

  3. I found the milk helpful but when I used it the things I could see. We’re mildly grey / white it does wear off but it works a treat

  4. I’ve literally been itching my eyes for days due to hayfever and nothing worked….until I bathed them with milk! Thank you so much!

  5. Just tried the milk after searching for ways to help me…. It’s definitely taken the edge off of the itchiness and stinging but eyes are still extremely hot. Have tried eye drops a while ago and the milk actually worked better. Only down side is that I really don’t like the smell you get after (I seem to be rather sensitive to the smell of milk!) and the fact that it goes a bit sticky around your eyes. Would never have thought to try milk though, so thanks! (Not sure if its just because its cold or whether there’s a magic ingredient that actually scientifically helps but it works never the less!)

  6. it seems so many people tried milk and it worked out. I have been itching my eyes out for the last two or three days…..so let me see what mr milk can do

  7. I love the milk I took a cue tip dipped it in the milk and rubbed it around the inside of my eyes where they were itching and it stop immediately. Thanks so much .

  8. I am lactose intolerant so I didn’t have any milk. Instead I used the Green Tea and OMG I had to come say thank you. I work from home as a Lead Customer Service Agent. My job is to watch the chat room for questions and help the agents resolve issues. I am the only Lead who works on Saturday so taking the day off was not an option. With eyelids that felt like sandpaper and eyeballs that throb with each cough and then it would take my eyes at least 5 mins to recover so I had to do something quick. Thanks again!

  9. Guys we usw the salt solution back home as a tropical
    Treatment and it always works.
    to add to the milk treatment; you can even use breast milk as eye drops.
    We do that as well back home and it reduces red eyes, soothes sore eyes
    Itchy eyss etc. Good luck. And thank you.!!

    1. Sheba! I was teaching a class in
      storytelling to a group of Hmong, Laotian, Polish, & Mexican women.I had a very bad case of conjunctivitus ( “pink-eye”).my eyes were red, itchy, swollen & full of mucous..I was a mess!
      The Hmong & Laotian women told the class interpreter that in their country the cure for my problem was MOTHERS MILK!..One of the
      Mexican women was nursing her baby & offered up some her breast milk, which the interpreter
      let her squeeze into a sterile bottle, then dripped it into into my eyes…voila!..my eyes were cured in minutes–much better than prescription medicines! The women in the class clapped & laughed in joy!

  10. The milk works like magic.my child had swollen itchy eyes and it was holiday time all the nearby doctors and clinics were closed so I googled and got this site.milk saved my day.

    1. you can try any milk you want. But there is no milk like wholemeal milk. So I would say try normal milk which is easily available in supermarkets or through milkman. Hope you get better soon

  11. Am happy I visited this site. My eyes has being itching me for a month now. Will try d milk out and see if it works for me and get back to you guys!
    Thanks!!!

  12. My sister had itchy, red, watery and swollen eyes ,so I used cold milk on the eye and later washed it off with aloe Vera juice and milk and she had an instant relief

  13. I had no milk but tried the cucumber and it worked very well. I live in South Korea and the pollution was bad today…

  14. I had visited this site and used 1 remedy I.e milk. Now I got instant relief. All thanks to be almighty allah.

  15. musa yunusa
    May 2, 2014, 3:55 pm
    I had visited this site and used 1 remedy I.e milk. Now I got instant relief. All thanks to be almighty allah.

  16. Put a cold compress on my eye before coming to this site just now, took a while to cool it down but next time I shall use milk after having read this! Let’s put this magic cure to the test!

  17. home remedies do tend to work but usually for a short period of time but it is great to use until you meet up with your doctor and ask what is best for you

  18. was badly facing the issue of itching eyes and finally the cold milk remedy was successful for me i got an instant relief after trying it.Thank you so much…

  19. My eyes having been itching so bad.. ID taken two kinds of medication but nothing is working. Trying homeredies just popped into my head and now I’m going to try the milk. Thanks a lot. I believe it’s going to make a difference

  20. This worked so perfectly my eyes were relieved and I feel so much better. My eyes have been itching me for more than a month I used a cold compress but, it only stopped for a while but now I used the milk and it worked perfectly thank you for posting these remedies they are very useful. I will surely tell everyone who has itchy eyes.

  21. Have had itchy eyes for some time – allergic reaction to quite a lot of things. Stumbled on this page, rushed into the kitchen dabbed on some cold milk soaked in cotton wool, and I’m sure I’m gonna sleep like a baby. Who says remedies ain’t under our noses. Thanks a million.

  22. I got itching allergy and sneezing leads to cold , get instant relief with rosewater and feels fresh . Thanx .. This problem is very common with me. But finally have some safe home remedies

  23. my eyes are inching since from morning. after reading the comments I shall try for it today after going to home. let me see the results after using the milk treatment…..

  24. I don`t know whether this home made remedies provide permanent healing or they just remedy an itching eyes temporarily. Tommorrow I will try to use cold milk as i can see it worked for many people.

  25. The milk worked so well! I’m in the middle of allergey season and my eyes were a mess. I wet a q tip in milk and dabbed my eye and it was instant relief. Although it was a bit sticky

  26. I return to NZ every summer and get hayfever something chronic, try everything this side of the black stump…. lasts for about 3 weeks and then just left with itchy eyes, I tried everything until I read about the milk, Hellalouya!! Thank you what a great relief…

  27. I have chronic eye inflammation and even after 7 weeks and 2 medications, I’m worse, not better. This weekend, I was going crazy with itching and tearing. Hot compresses, bathing my eyes with baby shampoo, anti-itch eye drops and other over-the-counter products the doctor had me using hadn’t worked either.. So I came to this site and tried chamomile tea bags. The relief was almost instantly. I was even able to get a good night’s sleep without that awful itching. I’m going to use the chamomile tea bags again this morning and, unfortunately, call my doctor — again.

  28. I’ve been suffering from Dry Eye’s for several months, and they can get really red and itchy at times. A while back I was not able to spend more than 10 – 15 mins on the computer without eye drops.. that stung like crazy.. or I had to just go and lie down till they felt better. I have since almost 100% recovered from this condition using a very simple remedy.
    Pop on down to your local supermarket and get some Wet Baby Wipes that have Aloe Vera in them.
    Just wipe your eyes as often as needed.
    I was vastly improved after just a couple of days.. and within a week I almost never need drops anymore.
    My eyes go all day without itching.. and i can work again on the puter.
    I was so happy with the results I decided to make this posting on several websites.
    Try it.. you cant lose on this, just make sure you get the ones with Aloe Vera extract.. others dont work as well.
    All the best… Gary

  29. After seeing good comments for milk i have tried for my itchy eyes. Amazing….. within 2 minutes i got a good relief. Thanks.

  30. Simple way to get rid of itchy eyes, heat steam process. 3 to 4 drops of peppermint or spearmint oil, 2 to 3 pinch of salt mixed in hot pan of water. Take a towel cover it over your head, over the pan. Just inhale for a couple of minutes with your eyes open. Do not throw away the water one you have finish. You could put it in a mist sprayer and keep on repeatedly spray it to your face from an agle, in order for the mist to get into your nostrils as well. Take deep breaths when spraying into nostrils.
    Good luck 🙂

  31. Your page has the most different kinds of solutions for eye problems – thank you! My eyes have been burning for a while and all the doctor can do is prescribe steroid eye drops that have all kinds of warnings and side effects — including blindness! Are they kidding? In spite of that, I used them for a week and I do believe the problem worsened, so I discontinued them and now I’m looking for natural solutions other than just the ice water compresses that I’ve been using. They do offer immediate though temporary relief; let’s see if cucumbers and tea bags have longer lasting effects. Thanks again!

  32. So wonderful. I have had itchy eyes for several years, and doctors have given me all sorts of eye drops. I only had a relief two days ago after trying your home remedies. Its great!!

  33. FINALLY SOME RELIEF !!!! I was going crazy with watery, itchy eyes!! Sneezing, runny nose. For the last few weeks and never had this issue. I tried over the counter meds at the pharmacies suggestions. No relief. I’m glad I decided to google home remedies. I just tried the milk and man am I glad I found this page !!! I also get these string like deposits and the milk turned them white and it was easier to remove them too. MILK……….DOES A BODY GOOD !!!!!!!! Will try the others as well. BIG THANKS !!!!

  34. My eyes have been itchy/irritating for a couple of years. Tried allergy drops dry eye drops. Wash eyelids with baby shampoo in water as advised by optician. Nothing helps. After reading all the posts on here I’m going to try milk .. thanks !!

  35. Potato and milk it’s amazing I had itchy eye for past two weeks. After using an eye drop it didn’t help but with this home remedies it really work . Thank you

  36. it is a good information for me.thank you for your valuable advice.I applied cold milk over my eyes.I feel relief from my itching.

  37. I had an itchy eye for quite sometime and the eye drops that the doctors recommended didn’t help. The cold milk over my eyes was like a magic. Thank you and would like to recommend the same with people having similiar problem.

  38. I spent hundreds on medicines for months for my allergy eye problems. You are saying that a little milk will solve my problem? I must try this tonight! Thanks a million!

  39. wow! just googled this and saw d milk method I tried it immediately I finished reading it,it relieved me instantly,av spent a lot of money buying drugs and eyedrops BT no positive results..thanks a lot lad

  40. This MILK REMEDY WORKS LIKE A BOMB FOR ITCHY EYES, ive been using Eye drops but The MILK IS THE BEST. U feel the results in 2min.
    I recommend this for people that Have problems with Itchy eyes. it doeant take my redness away but the Irritation of the Itchng 100% . THANK YOu

  41. I have been having itchy eyes for quite some time. Have tried so many different things with no results. So I thought why not try the milk. Boy THANK YOU it works. I was able to watch a movie all the way though and not once did I rub my eyes. I wished I had known about this months ago. Will try cucumber,green tea, salt and water with cold compress. Thank you all for the wonderful advice. God bless

  42. I have been facing itchy eyes problem since last three weeks due to cold and flu. Medicines did not work well. Tried Milk and I can feel the difference. Thank you all for recommending MILK to all of us.

  43. My eyes were itching so bad until I did a little bit of research and find out the milk was the secret remedy Thank you so much work wonderful ..

  44. My eyes been itchy for about a couple of days and a moment ago I used the canned milk because I already empty the carton of fresh milk this morning, its actually works! Thank you, sring a bit and got your eye blurry but this thing work for me thank you again

  45. So my eyes get really , really sore , very itchy & blood shot red !
    So I just washed them with running salty (extra salty) water , “two words” instant relief !
    Thank you !

  46. As an optometrist I would advise anyone with chronic eye irritation to check for eyelashes either on the lid margins or more frequently in the inner canthus which is in the nasal side.I would not go one day without helping someone with that problem.Regards Vince Mission beach.

  47. Comment:ooh my God,d cold water n milk was extra ordinary,it like a magic,I just try doing it nw coz of d multitude comment on it n it was real good,my eye itching stop completely,tnkz for sharing n God bless….

  48. Comment:oh my God the cold water n milk really work,its extra ordinary n its like magic,decided to try it bcoz of d multitude comments on it n my eye itching stopped immediately, tnkz for sharing,God bless…

  49. My left eye is so sick this morning omg! Have crusty stuff along the lid, had it wash it off to even open it, it’s green in color. My vision is super blurry, light hurts my eyes and they are very sore, expecually the left one. Watery too so itchy and it burns too. That salt water flush is from heaven it got rid of the itchy/stingyness is still there. Calling clinic asap!

  50. Do we have to let the milk drip in the eyes or rub the wet cloth on the eyes whilst closed? Help me i am experiencing, itching, pink, swollen, watery eyes.

    Your prompted reply is highly appreciated… Thanks to the Milk remedy.

  51. I had never thought of this before for adults. When nursing my babies, decades ago. I was told by a midwife, when the baby got infection, in it’s eyes, to squirt the baby directly in the eye. The milk is body temperature. They seem to clear up, and I don’t remember the baby being highly alarmed. Before trying this ask your functional or natural medicine doctor. They are more educated in natural remedies.

  52. I had been suffering all day with red itchy eyes. Then I thought…maybe there is a home remedy for this…came across this site…I only had almond milk but it worked…I am not suffering anymore! Thanks so much!

  53. RAN IN THE KITCHEN WHILE READING THESE POST ABOUT THE RESULT OF THE MILK FOR ITCHY EYES. DABBED A COTTON BALL WITH A ”LITTLE” MILK, DOUBTING ALL THE TIME THAT IT WASN’T GOING TO WORK.
    WRONG!!!!!…IT DID. I WILL APPLY MORE LATER ON. THANKS EVERYBODY!

  54. I have two weeks suffering from itchy eyes. I tried medication with no relief. Thank you guys for the advice. Going to the kitchen right now and try some Salt and Water. Thank you. ELLEN FROM SOUTH AFRICA

  55. really this tips very useful for us thanks a lot.. i have one doubt plz give suggestion i have eye irritation & itching problm few days how to control the prolm and plz give varies tips. already i checked my eyes doctor said no eye problm only allergy …but i cant control the pain

  56. I have severe dry eyes and they have been itching, tearing and burning for the past 2 weeks. I tried using cucumbers this morning. Even though it felt great, the effect lasted only a short time. I will try the milk now.

  57. My eyelid itching and burning has been a problem since shingles near my left eye a couple of years ago. It gets worse with stress and last night it was unbearable. I tried a used teabag cold compress, eye drops and coconut oil but temporary relief was all I could get. Just to touch eyelids with a cotton swab inflicted serious pain. Although skeptical I decided to try cold milk on a swab. Much to my surprise I got immediate relief. I did a couple of applications to clear stringy matter from eyelids then a wet application just before bed. I woke up this morning with eyelids stuck together but no pain or itching. I used a cool wet (water) compress to open eyelids and nothing all day. I will use milk again before retiring tonight as I am now sold on its effectiveness. I wish I had known about it back when I had shingles.Many thanks for the tip!

  58. I have had allergies all my life and my eyes would not stop itching for the past few days, Tried all the remedies I knew and nothing worked. I just went out and got milk! AMAZING… Thank you. Happy New Year!

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