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5 Ways to Treat Pink Eye Symptoms

Viral pink eye-also known as conjunctivitis-can’t be cured by conventional antibiotics. Although the condition will ultimately go away on its own, there are a number of ways to treat the pain and discomfort of pink eye symptoms while your body fights the infection.

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1. Remove your contacts

1. Remove your contacts

If you’re suffering from pink eye symptoms and you wear contact lenses, take them out and clean them thoroughly. Removing your contacts allows your eye to heal faster and prevents reinfection. If you can wear glasses instead, it’s your best choice.

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2. Use an eyewash kit

2. Use an eyewash kit

Buy a home eyewash kit and add a quarter of a teaspoon (1 milligram) of raw honey. If you don’t have eyewash, you can make your own remedy: put 3 tablespoons (45 milligrams) of honey in 2 cups (500 millilitres) of boiling water, stir to dissolve and let it cool. Dip a makeup remover pad into the mixture and use it to wash the crust and pus from your eyes, using a different pad for each eye. Repeat several times a day. Studies show that applying raw honey to the eyes when suffering from pink eye symptoms reduces the swelling, pus and redness. Make sure you use raw honey; pasteurization destroys honey’s antibiotic properties. (Even though the honey hasn’t been sterilized, its very high sugar content prevents bacteria from surviving in it.)

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3. Topical tea

3. Topical tea

Place a warm, wet black or chamomile tea bag over your infected eye for 5 minutes, followed by a cool, wet tea bag for 2 minutes. Repeat several times a day with a fresh tea bag. The tannins in the tea bags help reduce swelling. Alternating hot and cold allows the area to be pumped out to help remove toxins and cellular debris without too much swelling.

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4. Toss your eye makeup

4. Toss your eye makeup

Throw away any eye makeup you’ve been using and don’t wear eye makeup again until the pink eye symptoms disappear.

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5. Try a homeopathic pink eye relief product

5. Try a homeopathic pink eye relief product

These homeopathic drops contain eyebright (traditionally believed to combat conjunctivitis) and belladonna, an anti-inflammatory. Apply 2 to 3 drops in each eye as needed. You may find this easy treatment offers a lot of relief.

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Originally Published in Best Remedies