11. Neem Oil
Neem oil is a vegetable oil that is created from the seeds of fruits and seeds of the neem and can be used to relieve irritated skin. Not only does it have soothing and gentle properties that make it ideal for healing, but it also has “anti-inflammatory and antibacterial components that can relieve the symptoms of conjunctivitis,” writes Dr. Axe. The source says to apply the neem oil around the eye and eyelid before going to bed.
12. Over-The-Counter Anti-Inflammatories
As with many common ailments like pink eye, it can be treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. There are a medications that a person can go out an purchase on their own and the most common are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen. This medication will help with the inflammation and pain, says the Medical News Today.
The source also lists allergy medication as a treatment to “relieve symptoms of pinkeye if an allergy is the cause. These medications include: antihistamine tablets, topical eye drops containing antihistamines, and mast cell stabilizers,” writes the source.
13. Aloe Vera Gel
There’s a reason aloe vera is used to treat sunburns — it’s because it has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Dr. Axe notes that it’s the aloin and amodin which give it these healing effects which also include reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing process.
It might seem extremely odd to be using aloe vera on an eye infection because we’re used to seeing it as a topical gel, but Dr. Axe cites a 2012 study which was published in the Pharmaceutical Biology that found “aloe vera extracts can be used on human corneal cells safely.” The best way to utilize it is to use aloe vera extract in eye drops “to treat inflammation and other ailments of external parts of the eye.”