Last Modified on Dec 31, 2013
The eyes are two of the most sensitive organs of the body. Constantly exposed to foreign contaminant and other materials, the eyes must combat a number of issues. As such, the eyes may periodically become itchy and irritated. Dry, itchy eyes are most commonly cause by allergies but are, nonetheless, frustrating and uncomfortable.
Typically considered allergic conjunctivitis, dry itchy eyes are generally caused by seasonal or household allergens. As such, the condition is characterized by a number of additional symptoms aside from just itchy eyes. Common symptoms include watery eyes and eye redness or irritation. Slight inflammation in or around the eyes is also common. Likewise, if caused by a seasonal allergy, additional allergy symptoms, including runny nose, sneezing, coughing and a sore or scratchy throat, are commonly experienced in conjunction with itchy eyes.
The cause of itchy eyes is largely believed to be allergic reaction. A reaction occurs as the surface of the eye is exposed to an allergen or a foreign contaminant. As the eye is exposed, a reaction is triggered that marks the release of histamines, which in turn causes itchy, water eyes. Rubbing the eyes can worsen the reaction as the repeated rubbing motion triggers more and more release of histamines, causing a greater onset of symptoms.
Natural Remedies for Itchy Eyes
As itchy eyes are typically due to an allergic reaction, many natural remedies have been identified for treating the issue. Apple cider vinegar removes toxins from the system and relieves the reaction causing itchy eyes. Using a solution of saline, grapefruit seed extract and argentyn 23 dispersed in a neti pot is also capable of clearing the eye of infection and toxins. Coconut oil dispersed in a neti pot also has the capability of clearing the reaction and relieving eye itchiness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 05/17/2010: Alice from Sugar Grove, Nc: "It took a while to register, but after I started using the ACV, BSM, lemon juice and baking soda to help my stomach problems and psoriasis, I realized that my itchy eyes were no longer itchy. I had just assumed that they were itchy because I'm getting old and worn out and spend entirely too much time "blogging". Whatever the cause, the ACV, etc. seems to be the medicine my eyes also respond to."Replies
04/19/2012: Sasha from Portland, Oregon replies: "Suffered with severe dry red, itchy eyes sometimes they felt inflamed. Went from dr to Dr.. tried everything, but nothing worked. It got worse I began to have itchy tear ducts as well this was making me crazy! One day a tooth was hot/ cold sensitive. Off to the dentist. My dentist told me that there was no cavity, but the xrays showed the root of my tooth was swollen because I had Sinusitits ( could be fungus, bacterial or viral) he suggested Zinc and saline solution. He offered antibiotics, but antibiotics are not for me. I got a Neti pot and made a saline solution mixed in 1-2 drops of Grapefruit seed extract and a couple sprays of Argentyn 23 small particle go deeper into surface areas (99.99 percent pure silver in purifed water) into the neti pot.
Day one : all itching stopped. Day two: my eyes were white. Day three : Eye swelling gone and the white of my eyes are super white, and my eyes appear larger because they are healthy and hydrated. I will continue this process for a month I cannot believe it took so many years to find a cure for this. But I believe we can have fungus, bacteria, parasite or viral infection for years in the sinus cavity that effects our eyes, ears and throat but it goes unnoticed by most doctors, and can cause undue suffering. I hope this helps someone. I also sprayed Argentyn 23 into my eyes before bed and I think that helps too, of course this is something I will do for a few weeks only."
06/04/2012: Sasha from Portland, Or replies: "Since the tear ducts drain into the nose it makes sense that you could have low grade chronic sinus infection that over time maybe be effecting your eyes. My eyes were red, itching gritty feeling and burning at time. My tear ducts were itching too I started using 2x daily a Organic virgin coconut oil in my Neti simply take some of the coconut oil and mix in warmer water until it dissolves then put cooler water into the Neti pot so that you a comfortable with the temperature then use. I think OVCO is so powerful it helps your kill whatever was causing the itching and now my eyes are fine."
[YEA] 09/24/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "This spring, after huge problems with plane trees, my allergies got far worse, including my eyes which were itching 24/7 and only getting worse. During a trip to the UK I went to a health shop where I got quite a few supplements which I am testing right now, including Euphrasia (Eyebright). I had never heard of it but I have to say that I felt the results right away. I have been taking it for 10 days now, 20 drops in the morning before eating and 20 drops at night before going to bed and till now I am mostly ok. These ones are from Dr. Vogel. As far as the other symptoms are concerned (itching throat, running nose and sneezing a lot especially at night) I am still waiting to see the full results. During the day I am ok, the nights are the worst but if I manage to keep it all under control I will post here what I have been taking."
[YEA] 03/17/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "Due to my allergies I used to have very itchy eyes which was quite disaggreable. The more I scratched the more they itched. I tried a lot of things but nothing ever seemed to work well. One thing which relieved the itching a bit was powder charcoal inside my eye as an eye liner but now I have found something else, which funny enough is helping quiet well. Although I have tried to find the English name for the product I don't manage. It is a calcium supplement, actually calcium salts. Here in France it is called Sels Calcaires. You take a tiny little bit of the powder morning and evening before the meals and let melt in your mouth. As it is a homeopathic remedy you should wait 15 minutes before eating. I started taking it because of my age (52) thinking that maybe I needed a bit of calcium and to my suprise my eyes stopped itching right away so did my throat. The connection between the calcium and my allergies is not clear to me. Actually I have just had a blood test and the calcium level is actually very good so I didn't even seem to be missing any still..... but what do their levels really mean? I hope that this helps other people with the same problem because although it is not a dangerous condition it does wreck your life! I wonder whether things will stay this good after I finish taking the salts because you are supposed to take them only for 4 to 6 weeks."Replies
07/14/2010: Chong from Malaysia, Kedah Malaysia replies: "I wash my itchy eyes with salt water, works all the time."
08/27/2010: Vandu from Silver Spring, Md replies: "Kedah, how much salt do you add to the water? 1 tsp in glass of water? and do you just splash a few times into your eye? Does it burn?
Also does it make a difference if water is hot or cold? Thanks."
09/01/2010: Deb77jo from Grand Prairie, Tx replies: "It's called Salt Limestone here in USA. Thanks!"
08/02/2011: Viola from Hampton Bays, New York replies: "inre itchy eyes -- if they are bothering me, I usually use a Chamomile tea bag on my lids and the itch goes away within a few minutes. So grateful for this site."
10/12/2012: Meowee from San Diego, Ca replies: "I suffered for 7 years with dry, red, itchy eyes, and gritty . All the irritation had caused one eye had a small swollen bump, The eye doc prescribed spendy drops then they put in the tear plugs did not work. I tried all the natural cures as well as tons of eye products every single thing was making it my dry eyes worse.
One day my husband and I put some dead sea salts in my humidifer in our family room and I noticed both of our eyes clear and white, An idea was born.. I started putting 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt and 1/4 tsp of virgin coconut oil in a stainless steel pan of 2 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil then, I would turn the stove off and drape a towel over my head and let the steam gently go into my eyes, and then I would just shut my eyes and breath in the stream. I might do this for 10-15 minutes, My dry, red itchy gritty eyes were cured naturally and fast.
My eyes are now white, clear and the bump in my eye is now completely gone! I'm shocked at how fast and effective this natural remedy works it nothing short of miraculous recovery. Also go slow to be sure your comfortable with a little steam going into your eyes."
12/10/2013: Alfredo from Trona, Ca replies: "The remedy in "Itchy Eyes Remedies" that Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France calls "Sels Calcaires" is called "Calciodoron" here in the USA."
12/10/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "I have a long history of dry burning eyes. My eyes would burn somewhat. I was always thinking it may be caused by too low PH (acid) in my system but I have discovered my system becomes probably too high PH (alkaloid) caused by cal-mag supplements. When I take vitamin C, my burning eyes go away. Vitamin C also neutralizes chlorine effect on eyes that can be caused by swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. I swim year round."