How To Relieve Eyes Infections (+ Itching Eyes) With 16 Natural Home Remedies

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Eyes infections, also known as eyes irritations are common health problems related to eyes these days. It occur mostly due to highly polluted environment we live in.

The infection can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies or other microbiological means and can affect one or both eyes.

While eyes infections, in most cases, may cause no permanent health issues, and are rarely a serious health concern, it can however cause a lot of discomfort. Hence the need for quick soothing remedies to relieve the eyes irritation or the itchy eyes. Should the irritation persist however, don’t fail to consult your physician.

There are many different types of eyes infections, such as:

Conjunctivitis or pink eye: This infection causes the eye to redden as well as causes irritation. It is usually due to a virus, but can sometimes be bacterial or an allergic reaction.

Sty or hordeolum: This is caused by staphlococcal bacteria that live on the skin surface. It leads to the formation of a red lump on the eyelid or at the base of an eyelash. It can be itchy or painful.

Blepharitis: This happens when tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelashes become clogged and the eyelids become infected. It leads to intense itching and burning sensations. It can also cause intermittent tearing and a feeling that something is in the eye.

Orbital cellulitis: In this bacterial infection, the tissues surrounding the eye become infected. It can be a dangerous infection and may lead to lasting problems.

Keratitis: This infection involving bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites is mainly caused due to presence of a foreign body in the eye, which causes injury to the cornea.

Dacryocystitis: This infection occurs in the tear duct.
Immune deficiencies, trauma, surgery, exposure to harmful chemicals, poor hygiene and exposure to someone with a contagious eye infection can also lead to infections of various types.

A few common symptoms of eye infections are excessive tearing, redness, swollen eyelids, pain, itching, a feeling of sand in the eye, yellow discharge or crusting around the eye.

The symptoms may vary in intensity from mild to severe, depending on the extent and type of infection. However, it is important to first get it checked by a doctor to rule out any serious condition that could damage the retina, blood vessels or optic nerve within the eye, if left untreated.

In the meantime, you can try many easy, inexpensive and effective home remedies to reduce the symptoms and speed up the healing process.
Lets consider some of the finest eye infection home remedies and how to prepare and apply it.

1. Warm Water Compresses
This is one of the most effective remedies for styes or conjunctivitis. The heat from the warm compress increases blood circulation to the area and promotes healing. It also helps reduce pain and swelling and prevent further infection.

Dip a clean, lint-free towel in a lukewarm water and place over the eyes for 5 minutes several times to clean your eyes. It will also help to reduce swelling and inflammation. Clean any oily debris or scales collected on the eyelids or eyelashes using a clean cloth.

warm water compress on eyes
– Water compress with towel

2. Cold Water Compress
Splash ice water on the face and eyes. Then, take ice packs or ice cubes, wrap them in a clean cotton towel and place it on closed eyelids. This helps relieve the eyelids and irritated eyes.

3. Cucumber Slices
This is one of the most common remedies which effectively treats eye irritation and inflammation. Cut two slices of cucumber, place in ice cold water for 10 minutes and place them on your closed eyelids for 10 more minutes.

The cool cucumber soothes the eyes. Closing and resting the eyes also helps reduce the soreness involved.

cucumber slices for eyes infection
– Cucumber slices for eyes infection

4. Lots of Water Intake
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Intake of extra fluids helps to keep the eyes hydrated.

5. Chilled Spoons
Place four metal spoons in a glass of ice water. When chilled, place one spoon on each eye. As the spoons begin to warm, switch them with the spoons chilling in the glass of ice water. Continue until swelling subsides. The cool temperature of the metal spoons constricts the blood vessels, which helps decrease redness and puffiness in the eye area.

how to relieve itchy eyes chilled spoons
– Relieving itchy eyes with chilled spoon

6. Aloe Vera Juice
Freeze aloe vera juice and then mix with a little bit of cold water and using a clean piece of cotton, place this mixture over your eyes. VERY soothing!!

7. Breast Milk
This remedy is highly effective and safe for getting rid of pink eye, especially in babies.

Breast milk contains certain antibodies, particularly immunoglobulin E, which prevents infection-causing bacteria from attaching to the mucosal surface of the eye. This in turn limits the growth of the bacteria, helping the infection heal quickly.

Put a little breast milk into a cup.
Using a clean eye dropper, put 2 or 3 drops of breast milk into the infected eye.
Reapply every couple of hours or as needed.
Breast milk is effective in treating ear infections in babies, too.

8. Frozen Vegetables
Wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a thin towel, place it over closed eyes for 10 minutes. You need to be able to feel the cold through it.

9. Warm Milk and Honey
Honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties. Making an eyewash with a mixture of warm milk and honey can help to soothe and treat conjunctivitis, also known as red eyes, pink eyes or itchy eyes. Use equal parts of both honey and milk, making sure the milk is warm (not boiling).

Mix together the remedy and keep stirring until the honey becomes smooth in the milk. Use an eyedropper and drop 2-3 drops into your eye several times a day. Alternatively, you can use this mixture as a compress. The anti-bacterial properties in the honey and the soothing effects of the milk will start to work immediately.

milk and honey remedy
– Milk and honey eyewash remedy

10. Castor Oil
Many commercial eye drops contain castor oil. Purchase a clean dropper, wash it thoroughly with soapy water, and rinse well. Suck 100-percent pure castor oil into the clean dropper. Administer one drop of oil into each eye. Repeat this three times a day or as needed. The castor oil will soothe the eye and reduce the swelling and redness.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 1 tablespoon full of pure apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Use this mixture to wash your eyes by using a cotton ball. Use apple cider vinegar which contains “mother”. “Mother” is malic acid which fights against bacterial infections.

12. Sliced Potato
One of the most effective remedies for curing eye irritation is potato slice. Cut a potato into thin slices. Place a slice over the eyelid to get relief from burning, itching and infection. It is an astringent and will help reduce the inflammation within 15 minutes. Do this for three successive nights.

potato slices on eyes
– Potato slice eye remedy

13. Rose Water
Rose water is also helpful when a person has sore eyes. The procedure is simple, just take a cotton ball soaked in rose water and place it over the eyes. This will provide immediate relief and most of the burning will be gone after about five minutes.

14. Baking Soda
Make a soothing eyewash by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup of water. Submerge your eye completely in the solution, doing your best to hold it open and roll it around for one full minute.

15. Tea Bags
Tea Tea contains bioflavonoids that fight viral and bacterial infections and can help reduce inflammation. Put a moist green or black teabag on the affected eye for several minutes.

Repeat several times a day. If your eye is swollen, moisten the teabag with cool water. The tannic acid in the tea will soothe the itching. A weak solution of tea may be used as an eyewash.

tea bag for eye irritation
– Apply tea bag

16. Cold Bread
Funny enough, even bread can be of great help in relieving eye discomfort. Believe it or not, you can place cold bread on your eyelids and it will helps reduce irritation, itchiness and inflammation. BELIEVE IT! It works! I tried it!


These above remedies should help most minor eye irritations…but be sure and consult your eye specialist if the condition worsens to rule out more serious conditions or an infectious condition that requires the use of antibiotic medications.



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Breast milk is highly effective and safe for treating pink or red eye.

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Breast milk is highly effective and safe for treating pink or red eye, especially in babies.

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Especially is not exemptional, highest, an adult will obtain 70 or 80% effectiveness, which for me is enough in my case. At least, this is a genuine reason to go there.

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Our family Doctor once told us that eye is one of the fastest healing organs of the body. So, I believe these remedies are not out of order.

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Thanks for this piece

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Try one drop of tea tree oil in a eye bath with warm saline solution . Use only on one eye at a time thoroughly rinsing out the eye bath each to to avoid cross infecting eyes . Tea tree oil is an amazing killer of bacterial infection . Use Only 1drop in each eye bath . Not more . Provide me with instant relief and infection cleared up after 1. day .

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Can you please send me daily mails on how to remedy irritation leading to red or itchy eyes. Thanks and God bless

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