Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cabbage Leaves
- Baby Shampoo
- Bathed in Cool Water With Cotton Wool
- Black Tea and Salt Water
- Black Tea Bag
- Boric Acid
- Breast Milk for Mucous in Baby's Eye
- Brown Tea Bags
- Castor Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, Saline, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Flax Seeds and Aloe Vera Juice
- Green Tea Bags
- Honey, Comfrey, Olive Leaf, Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Lemon Juice
- Marigold, Calendula and Eyebright
- Multiple Remedies
- Pink Eye Prevention
- Raw Milk And Honey
- Raw Potato Juice
- Reader Feedback
- Rue Fennel
- Saline Solution
- Sea Salt
- Tea, Lemon Juice
- Vapor From Raw Onions
"Viral conjunctivitis is often associated with an infection of the upper respiratory tract, a common cold, and/or a sore throat. Its symptoms include watery discharge and variable itch. The infection usually begins with one eye, but may spread easily to the other.
Viral conjunctivitis, commonly known as "pink eye," shows a fine diffuse pinkness of the conjunctiva which is easily mistaken for the 'ciliary injection' of iritis, but there are usually corroborative signs on microscopy, particularly numerous lymphoid follicles on the tarsal conjunctiva, and sometimes a punctate keratitis."
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[YEA] 11/24/2012: Ky Mama from Clinton, Ky: "We have used charcoal for conjunctivits (pink-eye) many times. I have used this on myself and on my children, including little ones. I mix 1 T. of activated charcoal powder in 1 cup of boiled, cooled water. Then I strain it through a coffee filter. The resulting gray water should be kept in a clean jar. 2-4x a day, (definitely right before bed) drop one drop of the gray water into each eye (even if only one eye is infected... It is highly contagious. ) Even after infection has visibly healed, continue one drop a day for a few more days once a day to make sure. Even with one drop, lots of the water will come out of the eye... That is okay as long as at least some got into the eye. I use a drinking straw to get out some water from my jar if I do not have a clean eye dropper on hand. This week my four year old woke up with his eyes crusted shut. I cleaned them gently with a warm washcloth until he could open his eyes. All day his eyes were bloodshot and he had yellowish greenish discharge. 24 hours later, there was no sign of infection! Many years ago when my children had this I would have to pay for an office visit and an antibiotic; so grateful for this cheap, safe, easy alternative."
03/31/2009: Buster from Edmonton, Alberta Canada: "Doctors Agatha and Calvin Thrash in their book "Natural Remedies"
1. Charcoal poultices should be applied overnight. Mix powdered charcoal with water sufficient to make a thick paste and spread it over a piece of flannel or muslin larger than the inflamed area of the eye. Place this over the eye. Cover with a piece of plastic or similar material and hold in place with an ace bandage wrapped lightly around the head. The bandage should not be so tight that it puts pressure on the eyeballs, but it must be snug enough to hold the compress in place overnight. Remove it in the morning, and dispose of the compress in a manner to avoid spreading the infection.
2. Charcoal slurry water eye drops may be used during the day. To make the drops boil one cup of water with one-fourth teaspoon salt (suggest Real Salt, celtic, sea salt as better than table salt) and one teaspoon powdered charcoal. When cool, strain through several layers of cheesecloth. Using a dropper, put four or five drops of the clear fluid in the affected eye every two hours.
An village with 1,000 people in Papua New Guinea had members in most families infected. They found this remedy 10 times more effective than antibiotics. A relative registered nurse suggests this to us family members."
01/29/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, France replies: "When on holidays in Tunisia I found out that the charcoal Arab and Indian women use inside their eyes is not only because it is beautiful but also against eye disease. As at the time I often had itchy eyes I decided to try and it worked, within a few minutes I felt a lot better. The only thing is that I don't manage to keep my eyes clean as it runs a bit and it makes my eyes rather black underneath. I don't know if this happens because I wear contact lenses.... Someone told me that in India you see a lot of children whose eyes are very black because the mothers use this on them in order to prevent illnesses. I wish I could have the line stay nicely all day like those women do but I have asked advice a few times and I never quite understand how they do it. I suppose that it will work for pink eye as well, in women of course."
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Viral Conjunctivitis
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
- Filtered Water - 1 Cup
Mix 2 tsp of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Dip a cotton pad or soft cloth in the solution to wash the eyelid inside and out. You can place a few drops of the water mixture in the eye as well. You should repeat this treatment every few hours until the conjunctivitis is completely healed. Usually that will take from 2-3 days.
[YEA] 04/24/2013: Doddie from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Usa: "Pink Eye bought on by intermittent sore throat-I used 1 teaspoon of ACV to 3 tablespoons of distilled water. I used one drop every 30 minutes to an hour or whenever I thought about it. When I woke up my eyes was glued shut from the infection. I stated using 3-4 drops every 30 minutes to 2 hours which worked better. It burned. My red eye cleared in 3-4 days. I treated the other eye and a little yellow mucus was present but my eye did not get red. I cleaned kept my glasses cleaned with alcohol. I used an eye dropper to pour the mixture in (inside of another small bowl in case some spilled) and what spilled in the bowl I used a cotton disk dampened in this to wipe my eyes throughout the day. I changed disk for each eye. It has left and has not returned."
[NAY] 04/15/2013: Scott from Lockport, Ny Usa: "Please help. I have had viral conjuntivitis for over 4 months. I tried a prescription from an optomitrist and no help. I have now been using 1/4 tsp. Apple cider vinegar to 1/2 cup water mixture for over a week and while it seems to help the itchiness, my eye does not appear to be healing. There is a thick red line through my eye to the left and right of the color circle. It seems to be spreading to the other eye. Has any one ever heard of pink eye like this? I have no insurance but started to call opthamologists about appointments anyway. I am concerned I might be damaging the eye. Yeah, I'm scared. Any words of advice? Thanks"Replies
04/16/2013: Happy from Up The Creek In, Wv, Usa replies: "Get some cold pressed castor oil from a health food store. Put the castor oil into a 2 ounce dropper bottle. Place one drop of castor oil into each eye, three times per day. [or more times per day]. The castor oil will sooth and heal the eye surface tissues. If there are any infectious biotics in the eye, it will get rid of them. It is very anti-biotic.
For some reason this trait of castor oil is hidden, or un-spoken of, even by castor oil proponents. It is treated as some sort of secret. If you have a cut, a pimple, an infected skin lesion, etc; inflamed or not inflamed, rub some castor oil on them 3 times a day and they will heal within 1 to 3 days time.
Try to find the original cause for this eye condition. When a farmer has cows with this condition, they put cod liver oil into their eyes to cure it. Probably caused by a Vit A deficiency condition. Maybe do some cod liver oil supplement for a month and test it out."
04/16/2013: Elsaeasterly from Elsewhere, Ca replies: "I would be worried that the acid would damage the eye. I used fresh brewed green tea with great success."
04/16/2013: David from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Try two drops of colloidal silver in each eye twice daily for two days. Has always worked for me."
[YEA] 02/11/2013: Mamma Mia from Cincinnati, Ohio: "This is the third time I have used ACV for curing pink eye in my kids. Wonderful! All redness and goop gone in 48 hours. I add just enough ACV to discolor the water, about 6 drops in 3 ounces. Then just one drop in each eye. Makes your eyes sting a little, but just briefly. The first time anyone in the family got pink eye (I have 5 kids), we went to the doctor, paid the $20 copay and the $25 copay for Vigamox for 3 kids and 2 adults. Multiply $45 by 5 and that's a pretty fancy night out. That was 5 years ago.
When my 4th child got it 3 years ago, I used ACV and it cleared up in 48 hours. Yes, his eyes were all goopy and red. I just kept soaking a cotton ball in the stuff and rubbing it on his eyes every 2-3 hours. Then when me and three of the other kids got it, I used ACV for myself and got rid of it in 2 days. I used colloidal silver for the kids because they were complaining of the stinging with the ACV. The colloidal silver worked great too.
Now my oldest just got it in one eye, red and goopy and I started with black tea. I didn't see a big improvement through the day and I noticed his other eye starting to get red, so I switched to ACV. Twenty-four hours of starting ACV, the redness was almost gone. Next morning no redness. I'll continue to use it 3 times a day for the next 4-5 days just to make sure it's gone for good. Just one drop in each eye.
Now my 4th child has it (super-duper goopy and red within several hours)and I can't get him to do the ACV because of the stinging. So I'm wiping his eye with baby shampoo and flushing it out with black tea every hour. I'm also treating my 2nd and 3rd child with ACV 2x/day just to make sure they don't get pink eye. My 5th child is on antibiotics for an ear infection, so hopefully she won't get it.
Always works. Love it. I have used both Organic Unfiltered ACV and regular ACV. Both have worked the same for me."
01/27/2013: Clo from Sherman Oaks, Ca: "While doing the ACV wash; should one discontinue the drops from the opthalmalogist?"
[YEA] 01/15/2013: Brainbuster from Bloomington, Illinois: "Some of the other reviewers here have said that their pink eye was unresponsive to the antibiotic eye drops the doc gave them.
I've gotten pink eye several times (maybe because I have 2 cats... I dunno), and all the times I used the antibiotic drops, they worked.
The reason I'm here is simply because I can't afford to pay a doctor to tell me that I have pink eye (which is obvious). I guess I should've been a doctor, because whenever my eye gets pink, I correctly diagnose that I have pink eye. Reminds me of a car mechanic, but I'll spare you that story. Anyway, ACV works. It also stings. But it works.
I put enough ACV (with mother... Not sure what that is, but I got it because ppl on here said it's important) into a bowl of water to make it look muddy. I then took a Rohto eye drop dropper that I was almost finished with (leaving some of the Rohto liquid in it... Which btw is ten times better than Clear Eyes eye drops for making your eyes bright and white), then, from the bowl of diluted ACV, I sucked up the solution into the Rohto vial (used pliars actually... I'm strong enough to squeeze the eye dropper but the pliars do a better job here).
Every half hour (I set my alarm), I put in the drops, which STUNG. But I did it anyway, even though my eyes are worth thousands of dollars. It's now about 24 hours later, and I almost look like Brad Pitt again.
[YEA] 10/09/2012: Shannon from Tucson, Arizona: "Months ago, after a week of pink eye and after receiving two different prescription eye drops from two different doctors, I saw an eye specialist who informed me that I would have to wait out my pink eye because it was a viral infection. Desperate for relief, I came across the ACV cure. I mixed 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of [organic] Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother (raw). Then I dipped a cotton ball into the solution and dripped it into each eye every few hours. The eye specialist told me I should expect the pink eye to last up to 2 weeks, but using the ACV treatment it was gone in less than 6 hours! It was fairly painful because I used quite a bit of ACV, but it was so effective!! Also, moisturizing eye drops are really handy if the ACV makes your eyes overly sensitive- just make sure you wait until the ACV has done its job before you use them! Additionally, remember to wash your hands often, throw out any eye makeup you used before the infection, avoid touching your eyes or face, and use a clean pillowcase each night your eyes are infected.
Two days ago I woke up with pink eye again (associated with a sinus infection I'm assuming) and I got rid of it in one day! What a miracle!"
07/11/2012: Shaina81 from Buffalo, Ny: "Two weeks ago I was exposed to pink eye, and Sunday night I got the Tell-tale Itchy eye and knew I had caught it. Monday morning my first stop was the doctors for the antibiotic drops. I've had pink eye many times in my life and usually by day two on the drops I see improvement, but this time is different. This infection is strong and today, day 3 of the drops it seems to have gotten worse and is starting to spread to my other eye. I have a huge party this coming Sunday and I can't cancel it over pink eye. Desperate, I turned to the internet for natural cures. I figured combining natural treatments couldn't hurt. That's when I found your site talking about ACV. I had a bottle of organic unfiltered ACV with "the mother" so I decided to give it a try.
I was REALLY nervous about stinging, I mean putting vinegar in my eye, the thought alone made me quiver. But I WAS desperate and it was the only home remedy listed which I had on hand. I diluted about 2 tsp into an 8 oz glass of slightly warmed spring water. I didn't have a dropper so instead I poured some of the mix into a shot glass and used it to flush out my eyes.
The sting wasn't bad at all. The itchiness was gone immediately. My three-day infected eye drained all the goop instantly and also the puffiness under it returned to normal but remained red and a bit sore. My other eye, which had just started to be red that morning litterally returned to white and healthy looking instantly after the first flush.
I will be repeating the flush every hour for the day, but after the immediate improvement I just had using it the first time, I am confident that this will work like a charm and my party plans for this coming sunday will be saved!
THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC!!!"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/31/2012: Brian from Houston, Tx: "Be careful with this, I used 1/4 tsp in 4 oz for about 3 days. I quit using it about 4 days ago and I have had blurry vision ever since."
[YEA] 12/27/2009: Sally_oh from Escazú, San José, Costa Rica: "ACV cured my pink eye
I found this cure here at earthclinic and tried it: 1 cup warm water, just enough ACV (with the mother) to discolor the water, maybe a Tablespoon. Wiped the eyes with cotton and dripped a drop into my eye. Burns a lot, but it cured my pink eye.
I was not diligent and it came back so I'm going to start over. I've had this for over a year, starting to think I had a tumor or something... Since it wasn't constant and usually only really hurt when my eyes were dry, I didn't think about it until it started hurting. I'm working online now, so my eyes are dry a lot. The ACV treatment helped so much. Thanks, everyone!"
[NAY] 07/01/2010: Rebeccamichelle from San Anselmo, Ca, Usa replies: "I tried this cure. It made my pink eye worse. After the burning subsided the itching and grittiness was 10 times worse."
12/30/2011: Georgina from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Can anyone tell me what 'the mother' is??? Have been dealing with persistent conjunctivitis for over a year and it's driving me nuts. look forward to trying the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment but would love to find out what the mother is? Thanks"
12/31/2011: Mollie from Riverside, Ca. replies: "Please be very careful about conjuctivitis issues! My young daughter woke up with pink eye once and we thought it was only pink eye! Wrong! Her system was attacking her eyes! She could have went blind!
To save her eyesite the doctors used steroid shots in the whites of her eyes to save her sight! The doctors never knew what this problem was but it finally went into remission and my daughter is now an adult and works in courtrooms as a court Stenographer!
The ophthalmologists were from Loma Linda hospital in the United States and they couldn't pinpoint her problem. We now wonder if it was pesticides in the dirt of our property as our land was once an alfalfa field.
But we never officially found out what caused this problem.
Don't take pink eye lightly."
06/24/2012: Lizzie from Oakland County, Michigan, USA replies: "Georgina, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_cider_vinegar describes the "mother"."
[YEA] 08/19/2012: Anna from St. Petersburg, Florida replies: "I used to get pink eye OFTEN as an acute allergic reation to my boyfriends cat. Because the conjunctivitis was neither viral nor bacterial, antibiotic eye drops and other medical remedies didn't help. After getting pink eye for what I swear was the 17th time, I looked for alternative cures and found Earth Clinic. Anyway, I administered the diluted ACV (____) to both eyes every 30 minutes for a day. Immediately the itchiness and discomfort was gone, although my eyes were still red. The following day, both eyes were almost back to normal and felt completely better. Another day after that and they were healthy again. Thanks, Earth Clinic!"
[YEA] 08/28/2009: Jenk40 from Seattle, Wa, USA: "ACV cured my eye infection. First I went to the doctor who prescribed antibiotic eye drops. I took those for 4 days without seeing an improvement. I came to your site to look for natural cures. I tried the black tea compresses first. I'm not sure why but this did actually make the infection first. The next day I tried 1 tsp ACV in a glass of water. I used a cotton ball and soaked it in the ACV mixture, then used it to wash out my eye. I would wash out my eye about once an hour. I have been less diligent about it the last few days, so I think it is taking longer than some others reported, but I have no doubt the eye infection will be cured soon. Thanks Earth clinic for your wonderful site!"
[YEA] 08/02/2009: Veronica from Clearwater, Fl: "ACV (with the mother) cures pink eye...it really works!
My husband had a horrible case of pink eye for about 2 weeks or more. His eye was horribly red and he said it felt like sand was in his eye. At one point, he even thought he had lost a contact in his eye because the pain was so bad. He was also sensitive to light. After convincing him that ACV would cure it, he reluctantly allowed me to administer the ACV to his eye. I used 1/2 teaspoon of ACV (with the mother) to 3 tablespoons of purified water. YES, it burned really horribly, but his infection was gone the next day, his eye was white and he has not had a problem since. Obviously, you can use much less vinegar(just enough to tint the water) and it will work that way as well. It just might take a little longer. My husband said that if he was going to feel any pain at all, he would rather just get it over in one sitting instead of spread out over many days. (He's an all or nothing kind of guy...) However, it paid off because we only had to do it once and his eye was as good as new.
P.S. We tried it first without the mother and it did not work, so make sure you get it with the mother."
[YEA] 08/12/2009: Wich Doctor from Nashville, Tennessee replies: "Yes, the Apple Cider Vinegar cure is definitely working. To reduce re-contamination especially women need to know that their eyeliners, mascara wands etc. need to be either replaced after each use and each eye one separate product for single use until infection has cleared up. After that you can have a new set of eye make up products to use every day again. I went as far as dipping my eyeliner in vinegar and wiping it off between applications of each eyelid.....that did also save me some money on eye makeup - and I did not have to throw away and replace my expensive products."
11/24/2010: Xpunkxkatx from Los Angelos, California replies: "The reason black tea doesn't work for some but it does for others is it depends if pink eye is from an allergic reaction or from bacteria. So I have read black tea is better for allergic reactions. That's just what I have read. I have it right now and I am going to try the tea tricks."
[YEA] 08/03/2011: Lisa from Baiting Hollow, New York, Usa replies: "Thanks for the remedy. Fortunately I always have _____ Apple Cider vinegar w/"the mother", in the house and I'm also an "all or nothing" type of gal. I expected my eyes to be burning out of the sockets, but fortunately, the pain was no greater than the worse conjunctivitis I've ever had, so I'm glad you prepared me for the worst! :-) And even happier that is appears to be working already. Eyes became a bit red, but it's subsiding now. I think it may have been a mild reaction for me because I caught it so early. Thanks again! :-)"
[YEA] 10/19/2011: Lee from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "I woke up with a solid case of Pink Eye two days before my birthday. This was an issue because I had some outdoor activities planned for the day, and I didn't want glasses getting in the way. I am also waiting on health insurance from my new job, so a doctor was out of the question.
PROCESS: 4oz glass of filtered water with 1 TSP of ACV. Used that with cotton balls to wash around the eye.
THEN, I diluted 2 TSP of ACV with 8oz of filtered water. I emptied an old Visine dropper bottle, and filled it with the ACV solution. I dripped that in my eye every 30 minutes (as well as I could remember). My eye stopped itching immediately.
3 drops per administration. Stings like the dickens! But 2 days later, it was gone!
I continued to administer the drops for about 4 days, at much less frequent intervals. The Pink Eye has not come back.
Much Love, Earth Clinic Community!"
12/11/2011: Bungee68 from Chicago, Il, Usa replies: "Lee from Brooklyn thank you so much :) for the ACV treatment. I used distilled water and fresh squeezed lemon juice (I had gotten from another site) and this helped it to feel more soothing, but no immediate changes. I must admit I need to see fast results in everything (I'm a little impatient). So I came on this site today and saw several treatments, but I didn't feel up to going outside to purchase anything. So, I had to use what I had at home already, which was water and ACV (which I had to google, what is ACV? now I know it is Apple Cider Vinger).
Anyway, I used your treatment, but, I used 8 ounces of spring water with 5 teaspoons of ACV. I did as you said with wiping my eyes with the cotton balls, then 3 drops of the solution (and yes it did sting). With my first application, mucus began draining from my eye. I was so excited, that I could care less about a little discomfort from the stinging. I will use this again in another 30 minutes and continue throughout the day and night. Thanks again, Brenda."
[YEA] 07/13/2009: V from New York, NY: "ACV works! I have had the most severe, persistent case of viral conjunctivitis/dry eye for probably over a year now. Anyone who's had it knows that it is a real pain to cure, and comes back VERY easily. I've been to the eye doctor twice in this time and had tests to make sure it's viral, not bacterial, and every time he's said it pretty much amounts to dry eye. And he's prescribed me an exorbitantly expensive, teeny tiny bottle of medication. It worked during the time it was prescribed, but as soon as I'd stop using it, the dry eye would come back full force. This most recent time it has been particularly stubborn. My doctor's gentle approach of "let it cure itself, and use cold/warm compresses and natural tears" was not at all working. I'd tried all that, and other over-the-counter eye drops for "persistent dry eye" and, I swear to you, none of it worked. The one red eye would NOT got away. SO frustrating. And I can't afford to drop tons of money on tiny bottles of medication that I probably shouldn't be using permanently anyway.
So yesterday I tried this: 5 parts water, 2 parts honey (best grade), and 1 part pure apple cider vinegar. I mixed it up, put it in an eyedropper, and started using it every few hours or so (more or less). Always, when I first put it in, it burns quite a bit and my eye waters uncontrollably, and then a minute later there's a noticeable difference. My eye gets whiter. I did it one last time before bed last night and when I woke up, there was much less redness. At the end of today (I've been using it a little less because I didn't need it as much), there is hardly ANY redness. Mind you, my results were not as instantaneous as some other people's, so I had to keep trying. But I am so pleased and can't believe something has finally worked! Yes!"