Conjunctivitis is very uncomfortable. But with conjunctivitis home remedies, you can get the symptoms under control in a gentle way.
What can you do about conjunctivitis?
Depending on the cause, conjunctivitis (conjunctivitis) can heal on its own after a short time without having to use medication. To relieve the uncomfortable symptoms, conjunctivitis home remedies can help in a gentle way. Important: Since conjunctivitis can also be caused by bacteria or viruses, you should have it clarified by an ophthalmologist if more harmless causes such as hay fever or dust in the eye can be excluded.
Conjunctivitis Home Remedies: These Are The Best!
With these conjunctivitis home remedies, symptoms will soon subside:
- Compress with eyebright: Eyebright has really earned its name as a medicinal plant for the eyes. Eyebright can effectively relieve the symptoms of conjunctivitis, overstrained eyes or even a stye, as it has an anti-inflammatory effect. For the conjunctivitis home remedy, eyebright is best used in the form of a compress. The plant is available, for example, dried from the pharmacy. For the topping, pour a quarter of a liter of boiling water over a teaspoon of eyebright and let it steep for a moment. Then put a clean cloth, for example a cotton cloth, into the tea, carefully wring it out and either use it as a pad for the eye or use it to remove the dried-on scab on the eyelid rims.
- Quark topping: Quark is an effective remedy for many ailments because it has a cooling effect and can reduce swelling. Quark is also suitable as a conjunctivitis home remedy. To do this, wet a clean cotton cloth with cold water and spread it out and spread about 100 grams of chilled quark in the middle of this cloth. Then fold the ends of the cloth together to create a kind of bag. The quark wrap is carefully placed on the closed eye for a maximum of half an hour. Important: If the inflammation is severe, the quark should be used for a maximum of 20 minutes.
- Herbal eye drops: In the pharmacy there are now eye drops that rely entirely on the power of plants and contain no chemicals. Here, too, remedies with eyebright cut a good figure. But eye drops with celandine can also help with conjunctivitis, if this is caused by dry eyes.
- Honey: Honey also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. To do this, boil some water, dissolve a teaspoon of honey in it and rinse the eye with the mixture several times a day.
- Marigold tea: Marigold has an anti-inflammatory effect and improves wound healing, which is why it is often used for skin inflammation. But marigold is also a real insider tip as a conjunctivitis home remedy. It is best to prepare a tea from a teaspoon of marigolds (from the pharmacy) and a quarter of a liter of boiling water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Then, similar to eyebright, you dip a clean compress into the tea, place it on your eyes and leave it on for about 15 minutes. If the pad becomes too cool, it should be replaced. The home remedy can be used several times a day.
What about chamomile envelopes?
The chamomile is known by many complaints to help health. For our sensitive eyes, however, it is rather unsuitable, because in the worst case it can trigger allergic reactions such as skin rashes. In the case of conjunctivitis, additional irritation should be avoided.
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Conjunctivitis is highly contagious. That is why you should stay at home with it and cure yourself so as not to infect anyone. If you live in a household with several people, it is best to only use your own manuals and other textiles, which should be washed at at least 60 degrees after use. Regular hand washing and disinfection Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles or computer keyboards are also part of the necessary hygiene so that conjunctivitis is not passed on to other people.
Inflamed eyes: what should I watch out for?
For those affected, the following also applies: if possible, do not touch your eyes with your hands, even if it is difficult. Rubbing around inflamed eyes usually only makes the symptoms worse and increases the risk of infection. It also delays healing. If the conjunctivitis does not subside even after several days and after using the home remedies mentioned, another appointment with the ophthalmologist is necessary for treatment.
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Wiesenauer, Markus: PhytoPraxis. Springer Verlag 2013. 5th edition.