10 Natural Pink Eye Remedies for Fast Relief

Lemon Juice

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


Lemon Juice
Posted by Mimi (Herndon, VA) on 05/05/2008
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WARNING!

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


Lemon Juice
Posted by Candice (Victorville, California) on 07/03/2007
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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 time...you 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!


Lemon Juice with Salt

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Posted by Sanjoo (Ahmedabad) on 11/03/2022 7 posts
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Remedy or ways to stop conjuctivitis in its track :

Almost always conjunctivitis starts first by sticky eyelids, which then progresses to painful eyes & then you have full blown eye infection. several years back, I used to have this problem repeatedly every year because we live in Ahmedabad, India which has a very humid climate along with pollution for several months resulting in eye infections, especially for those who drive two wheelers without eye protection or without helmet front glass.

First I tried washing eyes with warm water, helped to clean, but no help to remove the infection. I tried 1/4th lemon juice in water, it helped but was not perfect. then I added salt (abt 1/4th tsp) to this and it works like magic. Your pain subsides & lemon juice starts to heal the eye internally. repeating this after a few hours once or twice may be enough to stop conjunctivitis completely.

Such a simple remedy. completely safe and a much healthier option, because this does not compromise yr immunity like antibiotic drop or steroid drops would do. On the contrary, it enhances your immunity to further infections.

Replied by mmsg
(somewhere, europe)
11/06/2022

Sanjoo, were you drinking the lemon water and salt, or applying it to your eyes (ouch! )?

Robert
(Kentucky)
11/08/2022

The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of lemon are well known, and widely accessible. For conjunctivitis, mix lemon juice with a small amount of water and then apply it with a washcloth or in the form of a compress. Citric acid can be very powerful, however, so be careful not to put lemon juice directly in the eye; placing it around the affected tissue will be sufficient.

Dr. William Apt, a leading eye specialist in the mid-1900s, who recommended the Lemon Juice Eye Bath. Apparently, he stumbled upon this secret from a 105 year old man, who told Dr. Apt to “put three or four drops of lemon juice in an eye cup with purified water and wash the eyes with it daily for about 20-30 seconds with each eye.” I started doing the lemon juice eye bath. Lemon juice contain many nutrients, including rich vitamin C that is key important to eyes. Taking lemon eye bath can also help cure cataracts & early stages of pinguecula. Besides, if you suffer dry eyes and eye strain, you can ask help from lemon juice. Besides, taking more vitamin C can also treat macular degeneration etc.

How to use: put three or four drops of lemon juice in an eye cup with purified water and wash the eyes with it daily for about 20-30 seconds with each eye.

Some people claim that lemon juice has helped their pink eye symptoms. Lemon helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of lemon are well known, and widely accessible. Dilute half a teaspoon of lemon juice with a teaspoon of water. Mix well and soak a cotton pad in it. Place the cotton pads over closed eyelids and leave them on for about 20 minutes. Remove the cotton pads and rinse your eyes with plain water. You must do this at least once daily.

Romanian Folklore Remedy:

Lemon Juice Eyewash
1 drop lemon juice, 1 ounce warm water
Mix 1 drop of lemon juice in 1 ounce of warm water and use it as an eyewash. It's particularly effective when your eyes have been exposed to dust, cigarette smoke, harsh lights and chemical compounds in the air.

Alleviation and prevention of severe allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis following long-term lemon juice use: a case report https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769484/


Lemon Juice With Salt

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Posted by Sanjay Mehta (Ahmedabad, India) on 12/07/2018 7 posts
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Lemon juice with added salt is the surest way to beat conjunctivitis.

Often conjunctivitis flares up in humid weather and when you move outdoors, your eyes start getting sticky which is indication of infection trying to latch in. start rinsing eyes with a glassful of water with some lemon juice added. add more if infection is more. if eyes have started to pain, add salt to the water. you will find immediate relief. repeat it every few hours. absolutely no harm to the eyes. the infection is completely cured in a day or two.

I have been successful in keeping myself free from conjuntivitis for several years now, just by following the above method. it also makes sense to wash eyes, once in a while with lemon solution to keep them clean, even with no conjunctivitis.

Replied by Mona
(Anywhere)
04/23/2023

Thanks Sanjay. Could you specify how much salt and lemon juice to use? Should the water be cold?


Lugol’s Iodine 2%

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky ) on 05/05/2021
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Lugol's Iodine 2% for Eye Infections

I am using homemade eye drops. I use Lugol's 2% Iodine (some recipes use 5%) and mix in 4 drops in a 1 oz dropper bottle with filtered distilled water and sea salt (filtered spring water can also work). I use these drops every morning and my eyes feel great. They feel a little weird for about 10 minutes after doing the drops but that goes away. This remedy is also good for dry eyes, weepy eyes, eye infections, and allergies that affect your eyes. If you are going to start making your own, start with 2 drops Lugol's dilution ratio and work up to 4 drops dilution ratio.

Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time - Dr. David Derry

Iodine kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and even spores of bacteria and fungi, including anthra spores. Iodine was used successfully against influenza, herpes, small pox, and chicken pox viruses. Kills parasites, bacteria, mold, yeast, protozoa, viruses--essentially all pathogens including malaria, E. coli, and Staphylococcus. When iodine was suspended in a solution, viral inactivation occurred at dilutions of 1/1,000,000. (Gershenfeld, L.: Iodine. In Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation. Edited by S. S. Block. Philadelphia, Les & Febiger, 1977, pp.196-218.)


Marigold, Calendula and Eyebright

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Posted by Nicky (Edinburgh, Lothian, Uk) on 03/21/2010
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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.


MMS

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


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


Neosporin

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

Replied by Rob
(Kentucky)
05/31/2022
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Neosporin works for eye mucus. Been struggling with mucus at the edges on my eyes. Smeared regular old neosporin from dollartree at the corners of my eyes and under and over the eye lids 2x daily and in 3 days I am good.

Just be sure you are not allergic to neosporin or it will make your situation worse.


Raw Milk

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Posted by Joni (Selma, Oregon) on 05/07/2011
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There seems to be several different natural cures for pink eye, but I would like to add what we use to the list. We raise dairy and meat goats. We have four bucklings kept together in an area just for them. One came down with pink eye this past winter, and one by one they all got it. Most people that have goats knows that just a 1/2 of a dropper full of fresh, raw milk will cure pink eye in just a couple days. After milking my does I would immediatley put some milk in a dropper and squeeze that into my bucklings eye. Twice a day is good, but even just once a day will cure it fast. I have read if you don't have fresh milk, you also can even used evaporated milk. So it doesn't have to be raw or fresh, although I think it would be better. This also works on humans. It's so easy and simple and almost everyone has some milk in the refrigerator. Hope this helps someone.


Raw Milk And Honey

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Posted by I am a nut for home remedies (Bloomington, Indiana) on 05/05/2013
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Recently I had an eye itching and swelling, it was a weekend and I hated to phone the doctor. I got onine and sorted through possible treatments. I stumbled upon one that called for using raw milk and honey upon the eye to stop itching and relieve redness of pink eye. Well I wasn't sure what it was but I was desperate to make it stop itching. I put about a teaspoon of honey in 4 oz water and stirred it up till blended. I put it on my eye gently with a soft tissue, the first day about 20 times, but after the first day the swelling started to go down, and it only required to be done about 10 times a day, ususlly only if it started itching. I was amazed. It worked. What ever it was that caused it is now gone. Just had to add this becasue lots of sinus is due to allergies and not only is the nose plugged the eyes itch and burn sometimes. I looked bad, my eyes itched just for them to tear up, and it burned. I wouldn't have thought milk and honey would help. I did check with a pharmacy first and he told me (some) not all old way are more effective than the new meds they have today. So thanks to those that posted on this site too for your help.


Raw Potato Juice

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Posted by Selena (Chula, GA) on 04/28/2009
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Raw potato juice works very well for pink eye. Take a raw potato and blend it. Then take guaze and soak it in the mixture. Place on top of the eyes. Get a cloth to wipe any excess that may run down your face. Let it stay on the eyes for 10 mins or so. It should relieve the itchy burning immediately. Do it several times a day. The potato mix will not keep, make a small amount each time.


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Posted by Adaj40 (Gilroy, Ca, Usa) on 01/07/2012

I work in a large office that was formerly a warehouse. In August, while on vacation, I had a flare up of red eye. First in both eyes, and after visiting an optometrist and using Topomax, now in my right eye only(still). He said I had an upper respirtory(sp) infection that settled in my eye. I saw my MD and he gave me antibiotics which didn't help and I also went to an opthamologist who didn't see a problem. Could something viral last this long? In the past week I've been taking two Benadryls a day, which seems to help somewhat(especially with the runny nose and gritty eye feeling) but I don't want to take them forever! I've also noticed that when I use the computer in a darkened room, my eye really burns.

I mention the building because four of my coworkers have also developed eye problems (suspected pinkeye, iritis, etc) and I'm wondering if there is something in the heat/air system that can be causing this! I thought that since I was up in the mountains when I contracted this, maybe I inhaled a spore or something(if that's even possible).

I would really appreciate some advice on this!

Replied by Sheila
(San Diego, Ca)
01/07/2012

I've had pink eye 3 times in my adult life. I've successfully used colloidal silver to take care of the infection -- 1-2 drops each eye, twice or thrice a day.

Currently, I'm dealing with a chalazion that seemed healed, but now is back. I also have a concern about mold in our house under the flooring and/or in the foundation which I suspect has something to do with my susceptibility to the eye problems and our son's allergies--to dustmites. Your suspicion of contracting something from your environment may not be too far off.

We'll have the foundation checked out, but in the meantime, I am drinking lemon water, plus I've started to use castor oil every night. For the last 3 evenings, it has started to draw the infection out from the chalazion and I am getting a sound sleep each time I use the drops.

I had lasik surgery several years ago, so dry-eye has been a problem. The castor oil also seems to help with keeping them lubricated. They don't feel itchy at all. My hope is that the using the castor oil as maintenance will have a positive effect on not only the chalazion, any would-be infections, but also treat the floaters, bloodshot-ness and pinguecula I have in both eyes. If you live or work in a windy area, always wear sunglasses that would protect your eyes from anything blowing around. The wind would bring on pink eye in my eyes, the dry weather exaccerbates it too.

I was also considering doing the Master Cleanse to see if that would have an affect on my current health problems.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Usa)
01/08/2012
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Adaj40, it sounds very likely an heat/cool air unit issue. It could be something as typical and remedial as replacing an old, dirty filter with a new, clean one; or it could be mold in the duct work or anywhere throughout the building.

Hope this helps and report changes, results.



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