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Viral Conjunctivitis - Pink Eye

Last Modified on Nov 24, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt
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Posted by Kingq (Chonburi, Thailand) on 10/14/2013

[YEA]  Yea for Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt as remedies for Pink Eye. Did 1.5 days using the ACV method and then 1.5 days doing the sea salt treatment as it stung less than the ACV. Completely cleared up the pink eye.

Baby Shampoo
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Posted by Faye (Banning, California) on 05/19/2007

[YEA]  When my daughter was young I read in a home remedy book to mix 1 part baby shampoo to 10 parts warm water. Use a cotton ball to clean outside of eye to remove mucus from lashes, then numerous times each day wash eye with same solution, warm is easier on the eye. It worked on my daughter each time. We now use it for the grandchildren when the need arises.

Replied by Erin
Warrenville, Il
[YEA]   Baby shampoo is the best! The trick is to keep using it twice a day until you are sure the pink eye is gone, usually about 3-4 days. I just pour it on my fingertips, lather them up with a bit of water and rub the closed eyes with the shampoo. I always try to open my eyes just a teeny bit so the shampoo can get in there. It doesn't hurt or burn at all. Afterward, rinse well and dry. Sometimes I follow it with coconut oil (usually only at night though) rubbed onto my closed eyes.
Replied by Alana
Maui, Hi
[WARNING!]   Warning! Baby shampoo, even the best no tears shampoo, contains SLS, sodium lauryl sulfate. And its HORRIBLE for you, expecially for a child's developing eyes. It can cause permanant eye damage, and liver toxicity. Google it! And spread the word, because they put that stuff in all baby shampoo. IT CAUSES PERMANANT EYE DAMAGE! In baby shampoo. So horrible. Please find another remedy!
Replied by Xanadu
Memphis, Tn - Tennessee
I have not had to try this but am thinking if baby shampoo works but is also bad for us with the sls, etc. That maybe using soapnut shampoo would be a lot less dangerous. Some brands of the nuts and nut products are better than others. I can't remember the name of the best brand but there's a guy who lists the best ones at soapnuts dot pro. I don't have time or I would go read his site again and list the best ones here but it shouldn't take too long for anyone to find where he lists them on his site. I have no idea if the finished product (you can boil the actual nuts & make your own shampoo) would burn the eyes or not but when I have more time I will make some & try it. Hope this helps someone.

Bathed in Cool Water With Cotton Wool
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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, France) on 01/29/2010

[YEA]  I learned how to treat red eyes when my children were babies and I was living in Holland. Just take a piece of cotton wool, wet it in boiled, cooled water and with the eye closed wash it from de outside to the inside. Do this a couple of times every time using a clean piece of cotton wool. It worked for them every time and it has worked for me over the years as well. Usually doing this one or two times was enough.

EC: For those of us wondering what cotton wool is...

"Linters are traditionally used in the manufacture of paper and as a raw material in the manufacture of cellulose. In the UK, linters are referred to as "cotton wool". This can also be a refined product (absorbent cotton in U.S. usage) which has medical, cosmetic and many other practical uses. The first medical use of cotton wool was by Dr Joseph Sampson Gamgee at the Queen's Hospital (later the General Hospital) in Birmingham, England"


Replied by Ruma
Cambridge, Ma
[YEA]   My daughter had conjunctivitis and I tried this method. It worked in a day! Thank you so much.

Black Tea and Salt Water
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Posted by Amanda (Monterey, CA) on 03/01/2009

[YEA]  Black tea and salt water cured my conjunctivitis.

Yesterday I woke up with a really itchy, bloodshot left eye and it got worse throughout the day. Then, this morning I woke up and my eye was all gooey, stuck together, swollen, and red. I never go to the doctor, even though my husband has great insurance, because I know all they do is prescribe antibiotics or some other pills from a laboratory and I do not want to mess up my body chemistry. So, naturally, I went to Earthclinic instead. First, I brewed two black tea bags in 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Meanwhile, I decided to try rinsing my eye with a concentrated solution of sea salt in warm water. I did not measure it, but it was quite a salty concoction. I used an eyedropper and put a few drops in my eye. It stung a lot, but I felt like it was working. Next, I used the eyedropper to drop warm black tea in my eye and it was SO soothing. It took all the stinging away! I then laid down and put the tea bag over my eye. Whenever it would cool down, I would put it back in the warm tea and put the other on on my eye. I repeated this procedure until the tea was cooled down. After that, I fell asleep again for an hour or so and when I woke up my eye felt and looked almost back to normal. Thanks Earthclinic!

Black Tea Bag
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Posted by Uvstarbaby (New Jersey) on 04/13/2015

[YEA]  I woke up a couple of days ago with a case of pink eye that had come on board during another infection, involving sore throat, dry cough, raspy voice, body aches. It mainly affected my right eye, but some in the left, too. Really red, with profuse slimy discharge. I let it go a day to see if it would clear up, but it was just getting worse.

Suddenly, a light bulb came on to check EarthClinic for some remedies. At first I tried ACV mixed with water, which burned and seemed worse after a few hours. Then I tried colloidal silver, which gave no improvement after several hours. Then I tried organic peony white tea (because it's a type of green tea - young leaves), with no effect and it seemed even worse again. FINALLY, I tried black tea, the round tea bags, and there was almost instant relief and some clearing of redness over a few hours.

After the second application last night before bed, today it's gone in my left eye and practically gone in my right eye. I just did another application on both eyes and will likely do a couple more, to ensure it stays gone. It was easy and painless. Just like making a cup of tea, only I put the cooled teabag on my right eye, after squeezing some drops from it into my left. For subsequent applications, I used the cold tea in the cup, with clean cotton balls, squeezing drops in each eye, and cleaning my eyelashes and surrounding eye area with the tea soaked cotton balls. I'm grateful and my vision is still good--maybe a touch better. :) Thank you EarthClinic and everyone who has posted their experience here in order to help others. It worked!

Posted by Sonia (London, Uk) on 04/04/2014

[YEA]  Thank you so much for the black teabag remedy for pink eye. It has helped me so much. I simply boiled a tea bag in some water let it cool until it was warmish. Put a Cotton wool in it and cleaned my sons eye with it about every hour until the redness reduced in both eyes. And it's working so well. He's almost 2 and I needed something quick and natural to soothe his eyes. Thank you!!

Posted by Mikethedruid (Providence, Rhode Island, Usa) on 10/04/2012

[YEA]  For several days my left eye had been irritated and discharging a sticky mucus which coated the lashes, and only made the irritation worse. I had tried just rinsing the eye well with warm water, which provided temporary relief, but did not cure the problem. Then I remembered something that the man who taught me the old ways had taught me about medicine, and tried using strong tea as an eyewash. The easiest way, he had told me, was to brew yourself a cup of tea using a cheap regular black or brown tea. When the cup is brewed, take out the teabag, but do not squeeze the water out. While you enjoy your tea, let the teabag cool down until it is just barely warm, then place the teabag on the afflicted eye, and gently squeeze it whill slightly blinking the eye so that the tea gets right onto the eyeball itself, as well as the lids. Wipe the excess that runs down your face with a paper towel or cloth. Do this every time it feels at all irritated, and in a day or two the problem will clear up. I did exactly that, and it works very well. It is a cheap, painless, and effective cure.

Posted by Chef (San Diego, California) on 05/07/2012

[NAY]  I was diagnosed with conjunctivitis and was not responding to antibiotics. I read the post and Black teabags made my eye worse. I actually ended up developing an ulcer on my cornea and I am now using vigamox. Vigamox works.

Posted by Morningstar (Winter Springs, Fl) on 04/11/2012

[YEA]  The Day before yesterday I got into a car accident and was in an orthopedic office all day taking xrays. A few hours later my eyes began to itch, I thought it was just allergies, but then I woke up My left eye was goopy and red and my right eye was plastered shut. The top eyelid on the right was swollen as well. I figured.... Crap, its conjunctivitis. Seeing that I was just sitting in a doctors office all day monday, and I don't have insurance, I did not want to go into a walk in clinic. I took a look at the natural cures on here and decided to go with the black tea because I manage to choke apple cider vinegar down for various health benifits, but I cannot imagine putting it in my eye. I heated a cup of water up on the stove and put the black tea bag into it and let it soak for a few minutes... Then I added a few ice cubes to cool it down. I took a paper towel (we use all natural ones with no dyes or anything) and ripped a corner off and soaked it in the tea. I wiped the top eyelid a few times on each eye, then the bottom lid, then I resoaked in the tea and squeezed some of the liquid into the corner of my eye, tilted my head and blinked.

Not only did it get rid of the stickyness, but after doing that 4 times within the hour the swelling in my eyelid went down completely. I went out to run errands for a few hours, then repeated the process. This morning I woke up and took a look at my eyes and they looked fine. Just to be sure, I did it one more time before work and my eyes are crystal clear, and the redness and itchyness went away. :) Im very excited that this remedy works. This is much less expensive then a trip to the walk in, and the medicine they give you makes your vision blurry for awhile anyway. With the tea, you just sort of drip in it and get on with your life. Who would have known, just wonderful!

Posted by Jamie (Los Angeles, Ca) on 03/22/2012

[YEA]  I had what I suspect is a mild case of pink eye in both eyes (uurrg), as I have been getting over a chest cold (double uurrgg! ). I am not 100% sure it was pink eye but I woke up for the past couple days with crusty, slightly goopy eyes that were bloodshot soooo... I'm guessing that's what it is. I am so happy I found this remedy.

I used white tea bags first because that's all I had. Brewed 2 together for about 15 minutes, cooled it down then used the bags as compresses and smooshed them around my eye lids gently and dripped some tea in there, as suggested. I felt the soothing effect immediately and the redness went down a bit. I found some black tea and have now twice dripped some of that (after brewing and cooling a bit) into my eye over the course of the day, and it's really working! My eyes feel calmer and more lubricated, and the redness has gone down. Yay. Still a bit itchy but I will keep doing this until they heal. It obviously helps. THANKS!

Posted by Bravebird (Afton, Va) on 02/25/2011

[YEA]  Black Teabags worked great for us! I was putting breastmilk in my son's pinkeye, which normally clears it right up. This time, his eye was actually getting worse instead of better. So I came on here, and decided to try the black tea. I brewed a cup and dripped it lukewarm into his eye. An hour later it was looking better than it had in two days. Put more drops in, and an hour after that there is no pink at all left in the eye-whites, and no more discharge. I'll do another treatment before bed just to keep up with it, but the improvement is truly amazing!

Posted by Ebony (Ct, Usa) on 06/04/2010

I woke up with a itchy red eye. It was leaking a clear fluid. It was also hard for me to open the eye. It was only in my left eye. After visiting this site. I read about using tea (either black or green) as a remedy. Well I used black tea because it was the cheapest. I just made my tea like normal and took the tea bag out of the water after I let it seep for a few minutes and applied it to my eye. The warmth of the tea bag was so relaxing and soothing. I felt an immediate difference in about 15 minutes. I was able to go to work that day and by the end of the day the irritation was gone. Works great for me. Thanks to this website and all who posted.

Replied by Mparker
Houston, Tx
I tried this method. It works wonders WHILE the tea bags are on.... But I waited for the 15 minutes as instructed..... Not much help. I do admit though, the warm tea bags were VERY soothing while they were on. Sadly, I can't have them on 24 hours a day.
Replied by Abbie
Kingston, Ontario Canada
[YEA]   This works great I did it and now I feel so much better. My teacher looked at me today and is like let's go call home for you bc you have pink eye bc this is my first time, and she gets it all of the time so she is like I am gonna call home and she did and they said home so I tried her remedy and then I looked on line! But don't do the honey thing it causes more infection and it does not help it may work but it makes you more prone to it later!!!!!!!!

Posted by Leah (Friendswood, Tx) on 09/07/2009

[YEA]  Yes, tea bags work for pink eye and work very well on infants. My son had pink eye when he was 8 months old or less, and I put tea drops from black tea bags in his eye, and it worked the same day. I kept on it a few days after to make sure. Also, black tea bags work for yeast infections. When a woman is on antibiotics, and cannot take acidophillus, it is a good idea to use tea bags bacause it does not burn or cause any irritation that Im aware of. Its ok to douche with tea and also pack it into the vagina (not into the canal). Oh yeah, when you boil the bags, dont add any sugar or honey or water to dilute it. It needs to be strong and as dark as you can get it. Hope all goes well!

Posted by Jenk40 (Seattle, Wa, USA) on 08/28/2009

[NAY]  Nay: Black Tea Bags for Eye Infection: I recently got an eye infection and came online to search for natural cures. I tried applying black tea bags I had steeped as warm compresses first. I did this for about 15 minutes approximately 5 times the first day. The next day the eye infection was actually worse. I discontinued this and starting using ACV wash, which did end up working.

Posted by Hope (Sacramento, CA) on 02/17/2008

[YEA]  I have had very red irritated eyes for the last 2 days and finally realized it must be conjunctivitis. I immediately went to your excellent web site and read about using black tea bags for a swift recovery. I was amazed that after following the directions on your site, my eyes were as good as new within 15 minutes! Thank you, as always, for the fine information you make available to all of us!