Pink Eye Home Remedies

Seeking medical help instead of using your own pink eye home remedies is costly, time consuming and unnecessary.

Pink eye is the most common eye ailment in children.  It's also known as conjunctivitis.

Is pink eye contagious?

Yes and no.  Pink eye is contagious when it's in the form of a viral or bacterial infection.  These are annoying and can be scary for your child.

These type of pink eye symptoms are:

  • Red or pink eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Sensitive to light
  • Mucus discharge
  • Swollen eye

Allergic pink eye symptoms are characterized by itching and redness, but no mucus in the eye. 

Tears might be present, but they'll be clear.

Pink eye isn't contagious when it's allergy related.  Children can have a form of pink eye that are due to environmental factors. If they live in a smoking home, that's certainly a reason to have blood shot eyes.  Inadequate sleep and reading can also irritate the eyes.

The biggest mistake for a pink eye treatment

Urgent care cost:   $102.00

Emergency room cost:  $370.00

The biggest mistake parents make is to rush the child to a medical facility for pink eye treatment.  This can cost you big bucks.

This is ridiculous when you can use your own pink eye treatment for a little or nothing.

Of course the educational system puts the squeeze on parents to get their child to the doctor and start medications before they're allowed back to school.   If you're aggressive about your own pink eye treatment, you can have this under control within a day.

Home pink eye cures

Remember that your child may be frightened if they can't open their eyes in the morning due to the thick mucus.  If you panic, that will just add to their anxiety.  Usually, it's the fear of not being able to see that scares them.

Simply soothe the child and tell him you're going to put a warm, damp cloth on his eyes until he can open them.

Use warm water that has been boiled (let it cool to warm) to kill any bacteria.  After all, we're trying to get rid of bacteria....                            

Soak a cotton ball with the water and place on the eyes until the mucus loosens.  Then just wipe until clear.

Make sure to keep all towels and wash clothes used on the eye separate from other laundry to prevent spreading the pink eye to other family members.

Boric Acid Eyewash

After getting past the issue of having the eyes stuck together, you can boil some more water for a boric acid eyewash.  Boric acid has been used for generations for pink eye cures. 

  • Simply add 1/4 teaspoon boric acid to 1/2 cup boiling water.  The water must be purified, so other chemicals don't get in the eye.
  • Let water cool to room temperature.
  • Use a cotton ball to bathe the eye.
  • Do this 2 times a day.
  • Marked results in a few days.
  • Keep water solution covered to prevent contamination.

You can also use this solution in an eye cup instead of using cotton balls.  Just put a small amount in the cup, place the cup over your eye, tilt your head back, roll eye around, lean over sink and let remaining solution go down the drain.

One of the fastest pink eye home remedies

Lavender essential oil is probably one of the quickest, most effective pink eye cures.  If you have an excellent quality of lavender essential oil around the house, you can apply it on the eyebrow and around the eye.  Be careful not to get it in the eye or it will burn. 

Doterra's lavender is safe to put on the eyelash and let it seep into the eye.  It will sting, but only for a minute.  Lavender will kill the infection almost immediately and can be applied several times during the day.

This is the one essential oil that you would want in your medicine cabinet at all times. 

Cha-Ching!!!  You just saved yourself $370.00 by using your own pink eye home remedies!!!

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