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How to treat pink eye at home

Update : 06 Oct 2022, 15:24

Pink eye or conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can also be thoroughly uncomfortable for those infected. There has been an outbreak of conjunctivitis cases over the last couple of days in our country.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is often caused by bacteria found in a person’s own skin or respiratory system, though it can also be caused by sharing personal objects like makeup, through close contact with an infected person or as a result of poor hygiene. It usually clears up without treatment in 7 to 10 days.

It is redness and swelling of the eye surface, which is often caused by infection with bacteria or a virus. Dry air, allergies, smoke, and chemicals are other common causes. You can manage your symptoms at home with a few simple remedies:

  • Wash your hands often. Always wash them before and after you treat pink eye or touch your eyes or face.
  • Avoid touching the eye as much as possible.
  • Don't share personal items (towels, washcloths, etc.) to yourself and use fresh towel, and pillow cases every day. Because pink eye spreads so easily, it can contaminate any surface that comes into contact with your eye.
  • Wear goggles when swimming
  • Use clean, wet cloth to remove crust. Wipe from the inside corner of the eye to the outside and take a clean part of the cloth for each wipe.
  • Put cold or warm wet cloths on your eye a few times a day if the eye hurts.
  • Do not wear contact lenses or eye makeup until the pink eye is gone.
  • Take rest as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of water and get enough sleep are crucial in helping your body get over an infection. 
  • If the doctor gave you antibiotic ointment or eyedrops, use them as directed. Keep the bottle tip clean, and do not let it touch the eye area.



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