Natural Conjunctivitis Treatments

Conjunctivitis is usually a viral or bacterial infection that will clear up on its own in a couple weeks without treatment. However, there are a few natural treatments you can do at home to help alleviate the symptoms and speed the recovery. They can also help to keep the conjunctivitis from spreading. The symptoms for viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are similar with itchy, inflammation, watery eyes that are severely red and yellowish discharge.

Chamomile tea can be used as either an eye wash or on a warm compress. Simply boil chamomile leave in a cup of water, cool and wash eye with it using a sterile eye cup. You can also soak a sterile cloth that is lint free in the tea while hot for a compress or cool it in the fridge to make a cold compress. You need to change the cloth and re-sterilize the eye cup after each treatment. You can repeat as often as needed to help decrease the inflammation, swelling and itching of conjunctivitis.

Ginger tea can also be used which works as an anti-inflammatory and can be used in the same way. You should also repeatedly wash your hands and eyes throughout the day with a vinegar solution that has 1 teaspoon of vinegar for every cup of water. This will help to kill any virus or bacteria that may be present on your hands or around your eyes. You can also try diluted honey as well.

Straight honey can also be applied directly to the eyes and then washed off after a few minutes because of its antibacterial properties. A good way to combat and prevent any infection is to start on the inside with your immune system and conjunctivitis is no exception. You can do this by increasing your intake of vitamin c, vitamin a, zinc and garlic. You can also drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water before each meal.

To disinfect your home naturally you can use hydrogen peroxide and vinegar but not mixed together. Simply put each solution in its own spray bottles. With both solutions several times a day clean any surfaces that the infected person may come in contact with including toys, door knobs, counter tops, telephones and remotes. If symptoms do not clear up within two weeks and if there is severe pain, vision problems or flu like symptoms then you need to consult a doctor.

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