Itchy eyes natural remedy

The eyes are one of the most delicate and sensitive parts of the human body and because they are connected with a person's vision, any problem that is related to the eyes, could cause people to get all worried and worked up. However, there are a lot of people who suffer from redness in the eye, accompanied by irritation and itchiness, especially, as the allergy season gets closer. When allergens are high in the air, it is possible for a person's eye to remain itchy and red for most of the time, but the condition usually tends to get worse, if the eyes are touched or rubbed too often. By rubbing the eye, a person may experience a small amount of relief, but it is usually temporary and short lived. However, in the long run, rubbing the eye generally pushes the allergens in deeper into the eyes, which further aggravates the problem.

There could be several factors that cause the eyes to turn itchy and red. Some of the most common reasons of an itchy and red eye include allergens, like certain foods, animal dander, cleaning products, cosmetics and eye makeup, lenses and lens solution and so on. In fact, eye problems are probably a lot more common in people who use lenses, as compared to those who don't. Some of the more serious causes of eye swelling, itchiness and redness could be conjunctivitis or other bacterial infections. Another condition, known as "dry eyes" where the tear glands in a person's eyes do not function properly could cause the eyes to get itchy. In order to determine the main cause of the eye problem, it is best to consult a doctor, as soon as the problem occurs. This is because some conditions, like conjunctivitis, can only be treated successfully by an eye doctor. For some of the other conditions, common home remedies for red itchy eyes may be used. These home remedies for red itchy eyes have been used by many people in places all over the world.

Common home remedies for eye itching and dryness

There are many common home remedies for eye itching and dryness. An itchy eye home remedy that can be used for any type of eye problem, regardless of the cause, is the application of a cold compress directly on to the eye. These cold compresses are great for soothing the irritation as well as reducing any soreness and redness that exists in the eye. Most people wrap a few cubes of ice in a thick napkin and place it directly on the eyes for 10 minutes or so. Another cold compress for the eyes can be made at home, by refrigerating a used bag of chamomile tea and applying it directly on the affected eye. Other mild herbal tea bags may also be used, after checking with a doctor or an optometrist. In fact, some of the herbal teas contain antibacterial properties, which can help get rid of the bacteria too. Hence, this home remedy for eye itching problems can do a lot more, than just soothe the irritation of the eye. Cold compresses should be applied to the eyes at least 3 times a day or so. Some of the other effective and commonly used home remedies for red and itchy eyes are:

  • Cucumbers: The use of cucumbers is very common, in several commercial products, like creams and lotions that are often applied to the area around the eyes. In fact it is very common to see women in beauty parlors, with slices of cucumbers placed over each eye. This is because cucumbers contain anti-irritation properties, reducing any inflammation, puffiness, swelling and irritation in the eyes. For maximum benefits, the slices of cucumbers that are used should be chilled. This is one the commonly used home remedies for red itchy eyes.
  • Rosewater: This can have a very cooling and soothing effect on the eye, thereby alleviating the discomfort caused by the itchiness. Therefore, rosewater is regarded as one of the more effective home remedies for red and itchy eyes. A person can simply use some rosewater to rinse the eyes with a couple of times a day. Alternately, pouring 4 or 5 drops of rosewater into the inflamed eye is a lot more beneficial than using drops that are medicated.
  • Aloe Vera: This plant is not just one of the most effective natural remedies for red eyes; it has a great effect on several other parts of the body too. Aloe Vera, mixed with a small bit of honey and elderberry blossom tea, can make an excellent rinse of eye related ailments.
  • Potato: Raw potatoes are a great way to treat puffy eyes or other eye related problems. A chilled raw potato should either be grated or cut into thin slices and applied on to the eye, for a period of at least 30 minutes, before the eye is washed. This is one of the best itchy eyes home remedies, used by several health experts.
  • Rest: At times a red eye could be caused by nothing more than lack of sleep, too much TV or working at the computer for long hours. In case the eye problems are caused by this, then one of the best home remedies for red itchy eyes in this case is to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep and to take breaks from the computer, as well as the television. The eyes need breaks and rest just like the rest of the body.

Most of the home remedies for red and itchy eyes mentioned above are relatively safe and can be used by most people, without any fear of side effects. However, before using any of the home remedies for itchy and watery eyes, it is essential to know the cause of the problem. Moreover, just like with any other health problem, an optometrist or a doctor should be consulted, before using the home remedies for itching eyes that are mentioned above.

Similarly tongue bites are very common too, and people are often heard asking doctors and health experts for information on "how to heal tongue bites?" Fortunately a tongue bleeding from a bite is hardly a serious concern, in spite of the fact that it is very painful. Doctors too, advise patients to preferably opt for home remedies and home treatment when considering how to heal tongue bites. Some of the most commonly used home remedies to prevent a tongue from bleeding are ice, honey, a salt water rinse, water, bland foods and compresses. However, if the tongue bite is accompanied by symptoms like bad breath or fever, then it is important to visit a doctor right away.

answered by G M

A lot of people suffer from itchy eyes and the condition is usually noticed when the allergy season approaches. During this season, eyes get itchy and irritating. It gets worse when people regularly touch or rub their eyes. Although rubbing your eyes may give you temporary relief, it will still worsen the symptoms or aggravate them. Most of the times, the cause behind itchy eyes can be related to allergies or eye irritation. If one is suffering from itchy eyes occasionally, then there is a possibility that the condition is seasonal which is a very common phenomenon and can be observed in many people. This happens due to certain plants that grow during specific seasons. If this condition is non-seasonal, then the cause could be allergens. Allergens such as certain types of foods, cosmetics used around eyes, cleaning products or animal dander are usually responsible for non-seasonal itchy eyes. Also a lot of people, who use lenses, face this problem from time to time. Bacterial infections or conjunctivitis which is called sore eyes can cause itchy eyes. Dry eyes are a condition when the tear glands in the eyes do not produce enough tears, can make the eyes dry and itchy. If one suspects that the itch is not seasonal or allergic, it is advised that one must consult a doctor. Also for conjunctivitis, it is only a doctor who can prescribe the right treatment.

To treat itchy eyes, it is of utmost importance, that the underlying cause be found out. One needs to know what triggers the condition and accordingly appropriate home remedies can be used. One of the home remedies which could be used irrespective of what is the trigger is applying cold compresses. Cold compresses help soothe the irritation and reduce any redness or soreness if exists. One can also try refrigerating two bags of chamomile tea and then applying those bags on the eyes. Slice some cucumber and keep it in the refrigerator and then apply this on the eyes. Let it stay on the eyes for 15 to 20 minutes or till the time it feels soothing. Another alternative is keeping a bag of peas in a refrigerator and then applying this on the eyes. Whichever remedy one might try, it is important to avoid the urge to rub the eyes. If the condition is prolonged or getting aggressive, one must immediately consult a doctor or health care provider.

answered by G R

An itchy eye is not an eye ailment or eye condition. However, it is a symptom of an underlying eye infection that is causing an itch in your eyes. Itchy eyes are not an uncommon condition. Dust particles, allergic reactions to certain foods or medicines, and injuries caused to the eye, can all lead to this symptomatic condition. An itchy eye needs care and attention, as the eyes are a sensitive organ. It is best to get your eyes checked by an eye specialist, in order to avoid any further complications. Itchy eyes could also be symptomatic of a condition known as blepharitis.

Blepharitis is an eye condition wherein the skin around the eyelids that are also known as the lid margins, get affected. The lid margins are the area where the eyelashes grow from. This condition is triggered when tiny oil glands that are located on the lid margins malfunction. This malfunctioning of the oil glands leads to an increased growth of bacteria around the eyes. The presence of bacteria causes irritation, inflammation and the consequent itchy sensation in the eyes. Blepharitis is a chronic ailment that is not easily treatable. Fortunately, blepharitis does not lead to impaired vision or loss of vision.

Blepharitis is however, a very unpleasant condition as it makes the eyes watery and red. It leaves a burning sensation in the eye. The area around the eye appears flaky, swollen and red. This condition also causes the abnormal growth of eyelashes that culminates with complete loss of eyelashes, if left untreated.

Itchy eyes caused by this condition have to be examined by an eye specialist, who may prescribe some antibiotic drops or ointment. In addition to this you will have to maintain utmost hygiene in the area surrounding your eyes. This will help in preventing further infection form taking place, while also containing the present infection from spreading.

The following remedies will help you soothe your eyes and improve your condition:

  • As the name suggest, itchy eyes will cause an unpleasant itchy sensation in and around your eyes. However, you should avoid touching your eyes at this point as it will only worsen your condition. You may apply warm compresses instead of rubbing your eyes. A warm compress will soothe your eyes and maintain the general hygiene around your eyes.
  • A paste made out of fenugreek seeds will also help in soothing your eyes. Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Make a paste out of the soaked seeds in the morning and apply it on your eyes. Wash the paste off after twenty minutes. You can apply this paste twice daily.
  • Rosewater can also be used in order to ease the itching sensation brought about by this condition.

Our eyes are a very important organ of our body. They are also quite sensitive; therefore, it is imperative that you follow home remedies only after consulting your doctor about the same.

answered by c

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