Eye flu is a highly contagious bacterial or viral eye infection, which is also known as pink eye or conjunctivitis. It causes inflammation on the conjunctiva, a thin transparent membrane over the white coating of the eyes. Blood vessels cause redness of the eyes, swelling, itching, pain, burning and sticky discharge. In severe cases, it forms pus under and over the eyelid. When eye flu is caused by viral infection, antibiotic do not respond to it; however, eye flu caused by bacterial infection are treated with antibiotics. Some simple home remedies can also treat eye flue successfully and bring relief from inflammation, pain, burning and other symptoms.
Home Remedies For Eye Flu
1. Sliced Potato
One of the most effective remedies for curing eye flu is potato slice. Peel a potato. Cut into thin slices. Place a slice over the eyelid to get relief from burning, itching and infection.
2. Chamomile Flower
Prepare eyewash using 2 tsp chamomile flower and 1 tsp grape root. Boil them in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture, let it cool and wash your eyes with this mixture 2-3 times a day to get relief.
3. Rose Water
Rose water is highly effective in clearing the sticky substance from the eyes, which creates a lot of irritation. Just use one or two drops of rose water every time to clear your eyes.
4. Tea Bags
Place moist chamomile tea bags on your eyelid to get relief from pain, swelling and itching.
Boil coriander leaves in a cup of water. Strain the liquid and use it for washing your sticky eyes.
6. Goldthread Leaves
Prepare eyewash after soaking goldthread leaves in water for half an hour. Strain and use this water to wash your eyes. Repeat this 3-4 times a day to find relief from pain and swelling.
Make infusion by soaking marigold in water. Use this infusion to find relief from eye pain.
8. Vitamin A And B2
Add vitamin A and B2 rich foods in your diet to help the infection cure quickly. Some foods that are rich in vitamin A include carrot, pumpkin, green leafy vegetables, whole milk, yogurt, mangoes and papaya. You will get enough vitamin B from almonds, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and bananas etc. Carrot and spinach juice are very effective in treating conjunctivitis as well.
9. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry, which is high in vitamin C and has many other medicinal properties, has been found beneficial for curing conjunctivitis.
10. Warm Compress
Dip cotton ball in lukewarm water and place over and around the eyes several times to clean your eyes. It will also help to reduce swelling and inflammation.