The causative agents which trigger an eye infection can infect one eye or both the eyes simultaneously. An eye infection is primarily characterized by redness, swelling, excruciating pain, viscous discharge and poor vision. Styes and conjunctivitis are the two main types of eye infections.
Home Remedies for Eye Infection
Before embarking on any remedial measures to counter a painful eye infection, it is important to determine the causative agent or agents responsible for producing the infection in the first place. Depending on the type and severity of eye infection, you can adopt some simple curative measures using ingredients which are available at home. Some ingenious home remedies to treat eye infections are discussed below.
Tea bags can be utilized to cure a painful eye infection. A common eye infection like stye can be treated by placing a tea bag dipped in warm water over the site of infection.
Allow the tea bag to remain on the stye for five to ten minutes. The tannic acid which is present in tea can shrink the stye in next to no time. You can continue with this home remedy even after the stye has subsided.
A warm compress is normally recommended for bacterial and viral eye infections. Dip a clean face towel in a bowl of warm water. Allow the cloth to remain submerged in the bowl of warm water for ten to fifteen seconds. Remove the cloth and wring out the excess liquid.
Fold the face cloth in half and place it gently over the infected eye. Repeat this process at least four or five times a day.A warm compress helps to gently remove the viscous eye discharge which sticks to the eye lashes. The heat that is released from the warm washcloth can hasten the healing process as well.
If you are suffering from an allergic eye infection a cold compress may produce greater relief than a warm compress. Submerge a small kerchief in a bowl of clean cold water.
Remove the kerchief from the bowl of water and wring out the excess liquid. Fold the kerchief in half and place it over the infected eye. You will experience immediate relief from the symptoms of an allergic eye infection.
Aloe Vera Gel
Procure some fresh aloe vera gel. Dip a clean Q- tip in the aloe vera gel. Now gently apply the aloe vera gel along the inner portion of the eye using the Q-tip. Allow the aloe vera gel to remain in the eyes. The thick aloe vera gel may cause some initial discomfort. However, this natural plant extract can effectively cure numerous eye infections.
In a clean jar containing distilled water, drop seven or eight washed jasmine flowers. Close the jar tightly with a lid. Leave the jasmine flowers in the distilled water overnight.
In the morning extract some of the liquid using a clean eye dropper. Put three to four drops of this liquid in each eye. Close your eyes and relax. This soothing home remedy can bring almost instantaneous relief from the symptoms of a nasty eye infection.
Place a couple of slices of fresh bread in the refrigerator. Let the bread slices remain in the refrigerator for one to two hours. Remove the slices of bread from the fridge and place one slice of cold bread over each eye. The cold which radiates from the bread can bring down inflammation and reduce the itchy sensation.
Prepare a soothing honey eye wash by dissolving one tablespoon of honey in half a cup of luke-warm water. Bathe the infected eye with the honey eye wash at least two to three times a day.
The natural medicinal properties of honey can cure minor eye infections quickly. Alternately, you can also put one drop of pure honey directly into the eyes to treat an eye infection.
Boil a cup of water in a clean saucepan. Add one teaspoon of whole coriander seeds. Allow the coriander seeds to remain in the boiling water for one to two hours. Remove the coriander seeds and wash your eyes with the liquid that is left behind. The soothing coriander seeds eye wash can ease nearly all the symptoms of a painful eye infection.
Prepare an herbal eye wash by dissolving one teaspoon of turmeric powder in two cups of boiled and cooled water. Wash your eyes with this liquid. The antimicrobial properties of turmeric can hasten the healing process.