Sore eye season is here! We did not think it could have a season, but here we Sugboanons are.
Conjunctivitis, which we commonly call “sore eyes”, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer that covers the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.
It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, allergens, or irritants, resulting in symptoms such as redness, itching, swelling, and discharge.
Here are 5 effective ways to manage and treat conjunctivitis at home.
1. Practice good eye hygiene
Proper eye hygiene is essential to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis and promote healing. Follow these guidelines:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before and after touching your eyes or applying any eye drops or ointments.
Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes to prevent further irritation or the transfer of bacteria or viruses.
Use a clean, soft cloth or disposable tissue to gently wipe away any discharge from your eyes.
Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, pillowcases, or cosmetics that may come into contact with your eyes.
2. Apply warm compress
Warm compresses can help relieve the discomfort associated with conjunctivitis. They can help reduce swelling, alleviate itching, and promote faster healing.
Soak a clean washcloth in warm water and wring out excess moisture and then close your eyes and place the warm washcloth over them for about 5-10 minutes.
Gently wipe away any discharge that may have accumulated around your eyes.
3. Use over-the-counter eye drops
Over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops can provide relief from symptoms such as redness, itching, and dryness associated with conjunctivitis.
Look for eye drops specifically formulated for relieving redness and soothing irritated eyes.
Follow the instructions on the packaging and consult a pharmacist if you have any questions.
4. Avoid contact lenses and eye makeup
To prevent further irritation and aid the healing process, it is recommended to avoid wearing contact lenses and eye makeup until the conjunctivitis has resolved.
Contact lenses can trap bacteria or viruses, exacerbating the infection, while eye makeup can introduce additional irritants.
5. Maintain a Clean Environment
Clean and disinfect surfaces that may come into contact with your eyes, such as countertops, doorknobs, and light switches.
Change pillowcases and towels frequently, using hot water and detergent to ensure proper sanitation.
Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and other bodies of water that may contain bacteria or irritants.
It is important to remember that while these home remedies can provide temporary relief, seeking medical advice is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
A healthcare professional can determine the underlying cause of conjunctivitis, whether it’s viral, bacterial, allergic, or related to an irritant, and prescribe specific medications or recommend additional measures accordingly.
By following these treatment methods and consulting a healthcare professional when necessary, individuals with conjunctivitis can experience relief from symptoms, prevent the spread of infection, and facilitate a speedy recovery.