14 effective Ways to treat and prevent eye infections the natural way

More than a million people in the united States suffer from some type of eye infection each year. The majority of these infections could be prevented by following proper hygiene. In addition, through the correct identification, many of these ills can be treated at home.

Great.guru wants to help you identify and treat the 3 infections most common eye, that don’t threaten your vision, but they can be extremely irritating and painful. As the saying goes “it is better to prevent than to lament”; don’t miss our bonus at the end of the article to know how to prevent the infection completely.


Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is a common and highly contagious infection that manifests itself in the form of inflammation of the outer layer of the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. In almost 65% of the cases, the conjunctivitis will resolve without treatment in 2 to 5 days, as well as the treatment to reduce the itching of the eyes.


Allergic conjunctivitis: pink eye or red, sore and itchy.

Viral conjunctivitis: red eyes, itchiness, and regular watering.

Bacterial conjunctivitis: eyes are red or pink, dryness of the eyes and the skin around, eye discharge that may form a crust while you sleep.

Causes: allergens viruses (mostly among adults), bacteria (mainly among children).


  1. Use a compress: dip a towel in cold or warm water (depending on your preferences) and then escúrrela. Apply to the eyes, and let it stand there until it disappears the itching. Use separate towels for each eye and used a towel new each time.
  2. Use honey: mix honey and water in equal parts and mix well. Soak a cotton pad with the mixture and apply over your eyes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day until symptoms subside.

Sty or abscess

A stye is a red lump in the shape of a grain formed on the eyelid (both upper and lower). Occurs due to infection of the sebaceous glands of the eyelids. It is very painful, but usually resolves in a few days or at most in a few weeks without any treatment.

Symptoms: inflammation, redness in the form of pimple on the eyelid, swelling of eyelid, eye irritation, sensitivity to light and blurry vision.

Causes: bacterial infection of the Meibomian gland (also known as gland tarsal) and the gland of Zeiss.


  1. Use a warm compress: moisten a soft towel with warm water and escúrrela so that it does not leak, place the towel over the stye. Let it stand that way for 10 or 15 minutes, repeat this operation several times a day.
  2. Use a sachet of black tea: place one teabag of black tea (pre-heated with water) but remember not to use bags of hot tea on the eye. Let it stand for 5 or 10 minutes.


Blepharitis is a non contagious inflammation of the eyelid. Although blepharitis does not threaten the loss of the view, in some cases it can cause permanent damage to in the margin of the eyelid.

Symptoms: swollen eyelids, red eyes, spasms in the eyelids, flaking similar to dandruff on the eyelids, sensitivity to light.

Causes: bacterial infection. Skin conditions such as dandruff or rosacea can increase the risk of infection.


  1. Hot compress: soak a towel in warm water, escúrrela to drain the excess liquid, apply it in the eye and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. After removing the towel, use a ball of wet cotton to remove the crusting and dandruff of the eyelid. Repeat this procedure several times a day.
  2. Used tea bags black: applied to bags of black tea (previously heated in hot water) on the eyelid. Keep it on the eyelid for a few moments and then get rid of the tea bags.
  3. Consume foods with healthy fats: foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut oil, and olive oil as these can decrease the inflammation and help the skin heal.

Bonus: How to prevent eye infections and the spread of the same

  1. Maintain proper hygiene: wash your hands properly before touching your eyes. You can also use disinfectants for hands and as well to keep them clean.
  2. Do not use contaminated water or dirty wash the eyes.
  3. Never share towels, pillows, handkerchiefs and things like that.
  4. Keep clean your computer cleaning and change your products every six months to prevent germs will cause disease.
  5. Never share your computer cleaning the eyes with anyone.
  6. Keep your eyeglasses and contact lenses clean and never share your cleaning products.
  7. If your eyes are infected often don’t use eye makeup and avoids the use of contact lenses.

Have you ever contracted any of these infections? What did you do to alleviate it? We sincerely hope that our advice will help you to quickly identify the infection and to take action to lessen the irritation and how to cure it.

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