What is an eye infection
There could be various eye infections, though an eye infection popularly refers to pink eyes, or conjunctivitis. Other major eye infections could be,
– Eye sty, is clinically known as hordeoleum. It is a relatively harmless bump that develops on the edges of the eyelids.
– Blephartis is an eyelid inflammation that results in a sensation of itching / burning / irritation.
– Orbital cellulitis refers to an inflammation / infection that affect the areas around the eye. It can turn serious and lead to permanent loss of vision, if un-treated.
– Keratitis or corneal ulcers occur on account of an injury suffered by the cornea by an alien object.
– Dacryocystitis signifies an inflammation / infection affecting the tear ducts of the eye.
Is the eye infection viral / bacterial / allergic
A viral pink eye is characterized by,
– Liquid and watery drainage – Highly contagious
– Affects either eye and moves to the other eye – Unresponsive to antibiotics
A viral pink eye has no formal treatment and the virus runs its course. It can gain some relief from robust immune systems.
A bacterial pink eye is characterized by,
– A greenish yellow drainage – Highly contagious
– Affects either eye and moves to the other eye – Often responsive to antibiotics
A bacterial pink eye can usually treated with suitable antibiotic eye-drops. Use of antibiotics may be avoided by some natural remedies.
An allergic pink eye is characterized by,
– Liquid and watery drainage – Not contagious
– Generally affects both eyes – Responsive to antihistamines
An allergic pink eye might be triggered by cosmetics / dander / pollen or by bleach / furniture polish. It heals, once the allergen is eliminated.
Popular home remedies for an eye infection
– Apple cider vinegar
A popular home remedy for treating an eye infection involves using apple cider vinegar. 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water and applied on the infected eye, yields rapid relief.
Yogurt is a natural home remedy for treating an eye infection as it consists of bacteria that guard against conjunctivitis. Alternatively, milk from other sources might also be used as their chemical composition still has the same advantageous bacteria.
– Castor oil
The oil derived from castor seeds is a natural home remedy for treating an eye infection. A few drops of this oil, dripped into the eyes up to 3 times every day, decreases the associated irritation and aids in a rapid cure for conjunctivitis.
– Milk & honey
Milk’s chemical composition coupled with honey’s antibacterial properties becomes a potent treatment against conjunctivitis. For this remedy, it is advised to blend the two substances in equal proportions, to be warmed and used as eye-drops. Alternatively, the blend could also be used as a compress or for washing the infected eyes.
Garlic has the properties of a natural antibiotic and is thus, advised to treat various eye infections, including conjunctivitis. It is advised to crush & compress garlic cloves for deriving garlic juice that can be applied on the eyelids several times every day.
– Tea Bags
An effective home remedy for treating an eye infection concerns chamomile tea bags. After the tea has brewed, it is advised to extract the tea bag and once it cools to a tolerable temperature, apply it on the eyelid of the affected eye for a few minutes.
– Lemon juice
Sprinkling a few drops of lemon juice on the area around the eyes also assists guarding against conjunctivitis.
– Boric acid
Rinsing the affected eye with boric acid powder mixed in water aids in fighting off infections and rapid healing.
– Aloe vera
The juice extracted from aloe vera plant could be used to rinse the eyes. It lessens the irritation, reduces the inflammation and quickens healing.