Home Remedies for Eye Inflammation

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From the dust in the air to a bad case of pink eye, inflammation can strike your peepers at any time. You never know when these delicate organs will come in contact with a substance, circumstance, or event that causes injury or irritation. To reduce your risk of suffering permanent damage, it’s suggested to become familiar with home remedies for eye inflammation to receive handy, immediate relief.

Different Types of Eye Inflammation

• Conjunctivitis: Affecting the clear membrane that covers and the outermost layer of the eye, conjunctivitis is often caused by bacterial and viral infections, allergies or eye irritants. This condition is also referred to as ‘pink eye.’

• Episcleritis: Sometimes the connective tissue between the conjunctiva and sclera can become inflamed. An exact cause of this condition is not known.

• Blepharitis: Poor hygiene, chronic dry eye and oily skin can cause your eyelids to become inflamed.

• Keratitis: Bacterial or fungal infections can cause inflammation of the cornea region of the eye. Dirty contact lenses are often a cause of this type of condition.

• Scleritis: This kind of inflammation affects the white of the eye (or sclera).

• Uveitis: Known as one of the most threatening forms of eye inflammation, uveitis attacks different parts of the eyeball. Symptoms include eye redness and irritation, blurred vision, eye pain, and floating spots before the eyes [1].

Causes and Symptoms

Allergic reactions often cause inflammation in the eyes. Thanks to pollen, seasonal changes, dust mites, molds and pets – a patient with allergic rhinitis suffers symptoms, such as itchiness and persistent irritation. Bacterial and viral infections, such as styes (inflammation around the eyelashes), are also common threats to the eyes. Certain diseases and illnesses can cause eye inflammation, such as lupus, diabetes, arthritis, herpes, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Other causes of eye inflammation include:

• Improper contact lens positioning
• Eye surgery
• Trauma or injury to the eye
• Touching eyes with dirty hands
• Deficiency of vitamin A
• Overuse of eye drops
• Dust, grit, and other foreign substances trapped under the eyelid
• Sensitivity to eye cosmetics or using past expiration date

Eye Inflammation Home Remedies

Being able to treat an irritating problem within the comforts of your own domain is quite a relief. The gentle nature of your eyes places them in a vulnerable position when it comes to everyday activities and the environment. However, the following home remedies for eye inflammation can help provide instant relief for your symptoms:

a) Tea:

After using a teabag, allow it to cool, and then apply to puffy, swollen eyes. Keep the teabag on your eyes for 25 to 30 minutes.

b) Saltwater:

Apply boiled saltwater to inflamed eyes with the help of cotton balls to kill the infection behind your symptoms.

c) Hot and Cold Water:

Alternating hot and cold water compresses can help reduce eye inflammation. Use cosmetic cotton pads to treat the eyes. The heat works to lessen inflammation, while the coldness decreases itchiness and irritation.

d) Cucumber:

Known as a classic spa treatment, you can use fresh pieces of cucumber applied to closed eyes for 20 to 30 minutes. The vegetable possesses astringent properties that treats a variety of eye issues, especially puffiness.

e) Remove Contact Lenses:

If you wear contact lenses and suffer from chronic eye inflammation, it is suggested to remove your lenses to avoid infection and other complications [2].

f) Constant Hand Washing:

Practice good bathroom hygiene by always washing your hands before leaving, which will reduce the risk of coming in contact with irritants to the eyes.

g) Reduce Allergens:

Washing your bed linens, pillowcases, and towels in hot water (and a non-irritating) detergent will reduce the allergens that can cause and worsen eye inflammation.

h) Apple:

Peel off the skin of an over-ripened apple and slice into pieces. Use the pieces to make a pulp. Close your eyes and apply some of the pulp to your eyes. Allow the pulp to work its magic for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This poultice can be used to reduce inflammation associated with puffy eyes.

i) Potato:

The vegetable makes an effective poultice when grated. Hold against puffy eyes using a clean bandage. Keep your eyes closed.

j) Papaya:

Keep your eyes closed while holding a poultice made out of mashed ripe papaya to treat puffy eyes. Apply the poultice for 15 minutes – two times per day.

k) Beet:

Use a clean bandage to hold mashed (cooked) beets against your puffy eyes, and keep them closed during treatment to reduce inflammation.

Resources

[1] http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/uveitis-inflammation-eye
[2] http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/conjunctivitis

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