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Viral Conjunctivitis - Pink Eye

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Honey, Comfrey, Olive Leaf, Salt
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Posted by Siafu (Private, GA) on 03/26/2009

[YEA]  Pink Eye - My Remedy

Hi there. I saw a section concerning pink eye and just wanted to throw in something I learnt a little while ago. I work in a medical facility and conjunctivitis comes around every so often.

I have had this a few times before and they always send you home for it. Well one day I made a mixture:
* About a cup of warm water
* 2 Table spoons of locally procured honey
* A dropper full of Comfrey Extract
* A dropper full of Olive Leaf Extract
* About a teaspoon of salt

I mixed it all together very well and used a dropper to place a few drops into the infected eye as often as I thought about it. All together probably around 10 times or more that day. By the next morning it was all over with.

What I had done was went and got a note and a prescription and decided that if the above had not improved anything within a day or two I would start taking the RX, but that was not necessary.

I've had to do it a second time, but did not add the salt or Comfrey and it still worked. I think it's the honey to be honest. Comfrey is said not to be safe internally, so perhaps not a good idea to squirt into the eye.

Anyway, thought I'd share and hope this is a help to someone.

Replied by Jon
New York, Ny
Putting sugar (honey) into your eye seems like a bad idea. I'd recommend leaving that part out.
Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
According to Ayurveda, honey is an age old remedy for eye diseases. Honey is NOT ordinary sugar. It is successfully used to cure diabetes. I have used my own urine in curing pink eye in pets, and similar problems. Cured in a day or two. Om

Hydrogen Peroxide
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Posted by Anonym Turk (Portland, Oregon USA) on 05/22/2009

Hydrogen cured pink eye within a few hours.

This morning my 17-month-old son woke up with an infected eye. His eyelid was swollen and red and his left eye was only half as big as the other eye. I gave him some water in which I dilluted a few drops of 35 % food grade Hydrogen Peroxide and repeated it a couple of times until the evening. In the evening, when my husband came home, his eye looked completely normal again as if nothing had happened!!!

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Posted by Ginny (Boise, Idaho, United States) on 06/05/2010

[YEA]  Sea kelp will get rid of pink eye. I had 5 steers, all with pink eye. Took them to the vet, he gave them a shot of something in the eye (very painful) took them home, 4 got better but 1 got pink eye again. Took him back to the vet and he gave him the treatment again and said if this doesn't work, then he will have to go blind. It did not work. My friend suggested that I give them sea kelp, which I did. I gave it to them free choice and within 5 days his pink eye was completely gone. For livestock, I bought in 50 lbs bags from a company in Maine. From what I understand, pinkeye is a lack of minerals.

Keratoconjunctivitis Remedies
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Posted by Jaynemim (Florida) on 08/14/2013

I did see my optometrist and he made the diagnosis of keratitis conjunctivitis in my eyes. Prescribed Tobradex drops, but I don't know that I want to go that route and it is very expensive. I have been treating myself with collodial silver and it helps, but does not completely take it away. Does anybody know of any natural or home-made remedies?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, USA
Jaynemim, I would try Activated Charcoal. it is very effective against conjunctivitis. It is also good for inflammation (which is what the keratitis is.) Mix 1 t. activated charcoal powder (from your health food store.) with 4 oz. water. Strain out the charcoal with a coffee filter. Put a drop or two of the strained charcoal water into your eye 3 times a day. (Right before bed as one of the times.) You can do this indefinitely.

Chamomile is also great for conjuntivitis and inflammation. You can just get the tea bags at the grocery store and health food store. Pour hot water over two tea bags in a cup, just to moisten them. When they are a comfortable warm temperature, put a tea bag over each (closed) eye. Keep the tea bags on for 5-15 minutes. Do this 2-4 times a day.

Both remedies could be safely done together.

Let us know how you are doing!

~Mama to Many~

Lemon Juice
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Posted by Jennifer (Dallas, Tx) on 11/09/2009

[YEA]  I used lemon juice to treat pink eye. I read about a number of natural cures, and in the end lemon juice won because it's what I had on hand. My 16 mo old daughter had been fighting a case of viral pink eye for a few days and I was starting to show symptoms as well. I diluted approx. 1 teas in 8 oz of water. I found this to sting only for a few seconds. I treated myself and the signs of pink eye onset were gone almost immediately. I also snuck into my daughter's room and dropped the diluted lemon juice in her eye several times while she was sleeping, and applied it several times throughout the day today. Her eyes is almost completely healed and I am confident she will be back to normal tomorrow. Thanks!

Replied by Jennifer
Dallas, Tx
This is Jennifer again. Just wanted to update that daughter's pink eye was in fact completely gone the next morning.

Posted by Mellisa (Lake Placid, New York) on 04/06/2009

[YEA]  When my 7 month old came down with pink eye from a toy at wal mart, I was searching everywhere on how to clear it up and i found several different ways but i was looking for something that wouldn't harm a baby. Then i found the lemon juice and the tea bags so while she was sleeping i cleaned all the crust off her eyes and put the lemon juice diluted with warm water of course on her eye and then put the tea bags on her eyes and when she woke up 5 minutes later she was perfectly fine

Posted by Browns (Sahuarita, AZ) on 10/01/2008

[YEA]  I am both amazed, happy and angry! Amazed and happy because of how quickly 2 drops of fresh lemon juice diluted with water could cure my pink eye. Angry because I feel bamboozled by doctors and the medicine they've prescribed me for years! Thank you so much. I'm going to share it with everyone I know.

Posted by Mimi (Herndon, VA) on 05/05/2008

[WARNING!]  Warning about lemons for pink eye. Must dilute!! I almost blinded myself after putting one drop of lemon juice into my eye.

Posted by Candice (Victorville, California) on 07/03/2007

[YEA]  Hello. When I was little I remember getting "pink eye" and my father putting lemon juice (from a lemon) straight into my eye....WOW did it sting but strangly only for about a minute and then it was GONE! And so was the infection! We kept doing compresses with a warm washcloth but the infection was cleared up. He used an empty eye dropper to suck up the fresh lemon juice and then dropped a couple of drops into each eyeball. Do'nt give up if this doesnt work the first might just have a really bad infection. Keep doing it and you should be "cured" in no time. :) P.S. an organic lemon might work ever better. Good luck!

Marigold, Calendula and Eyebright
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Posted by Nicky (Edinburgh, Lothian, Uk) on 03/21/2010

[YEA]  I have successfully treated conjunctivitis both for me and also my dogs by using a mixture of dried marigold/calendula and eyebright. You can get the dried herbs from a herbalist or health food store. Use 1 teaspoon of the dried herb mixture in 1 cup of boiling water and leave to infuse for 15mins. Strain, then use in a separate eye bath for each eye. For pets dab the eyes with cotton wool soaked in the infusion. Repeat this three times a day or as required until it clears. It is very soothing. In addition I would also recommend to take Echinacea or anything to boost the immune system.

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Posted by Carolyn (Connecticut) on 11/05/2013

[YEA]  Went to bed last night as fine as could be and woke up this morning at 5am with my right eye swollen and glued shut with puss. (Yum! ). Can't blame the kids for this one, as I am the only one infected.

Broke out the MMS and, as recommended by Jim Humble, I activated one drop with 50% citric acid and diluted it with one ounce of purified water in a shotglass. Poured this into a glass dropper bottle and put one drop in both eyes every 15 minutes for the first hour, and then put one drop in each eye every hour after that.

It isn't even noon yet and my eye is as good as new.

I am going to keep it up for the rest of the day, just to make sure it stays gone while I wash the pillows and such.

Works like a charm!

Multiple Remedies
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Posted by Tim (Surprise, Az) on 10/13/2010

[YEA]  I had really a bad case of conjunctivitis. I made up a mixture of 1 part baby shampoo and 1 parts water in an eye cup and wiped it over my eyelids with a cotton ball. Next, I applied the black tea bags and drizzled it in my eyes along with 2 capsules of eye-bright dissolved in the tea. I found it more effective to pour the warm tea in an eye cup and hold it for about 1 minute on each eye. After a couple applications that day, by evening it had cleared it up. I used Blink eye drops for moisture since my eyes still felt a little dry. Probably from the baby shampoo mixture. When I awoke the next day, for the first time in my life my eyes were clearer than they had ever been. Thanks so much for the tip!

Posted by Carla (Port St. Lucie, Florida) on 10/06/2009

[NAY]  Eye Infection: Someone told me about the Lugol's Iodine and it can be used for the eye infection I have in my right eye, I've tried everything else, doctors, hospitals, eye washes, antibiotics, and can not get rid of this infection in the eye lid. Do you think the iodine will work? I"ve tried homeopathic remedies, Echinacom and Infectistat, Colidal Silver, and I just picked up some Oreganol. I'm wondering if the Lugol's Iodine will help.

Replied by Oastao
Moncton, N.b.
I have used cold pressed castor oil for a sty and it works pretty good.

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Posted by Wendy D (Houston, Tx) on 05/06/2011

[YEA]  The last two times I've had pink eye, I've used regular neosporin found at the drug store. I use a q-tip to apply it at the corners of my eye and on the lids like you would eyeliner. Do this once in the morning and before you go to bed. This has cleared it up very quickly.

Neosporin contains antibiotic ingredients that will take care of the bacterial pink eye.

Warning: Do be sure you aren't allergic to neoporin. Apply a small amount to your inner arm for a couple of hours. If no redness shows up, you should be good to go. My husband is allergic to it and it causes severe redness and swelling on his skin.

Pink Eye Prevention
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Posted by April (Glenmont, New York) on 08/06/2010

If you have Viral Conjunctivitis, what steps can you take to make sure that you are not infecting anyone else?