15 November 2013

One Quick Tip: Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) Home Remedy

Dear Lissy,

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) ran through our family this week, and the doctor decided not to call in a prescription for us.  Sigh.  I went with an old remedy of 2 Tbsp raw honey in 3 cups green tea.  We bathed our eyes with the solution, and it cleared up the pink eye in about 24 hours.  I don't know if the pseudo-honey at the grocery store would  work as well or not -- the bees are fed HFCS to produce it, so it's an entirely different product.

Normal recovery time is 72 hours, so 24 hours was a  pretty substantial improvement.  Matt and Nate were through the pinkeye by the time the doctor's office would have seen them on Monday afternoon for Urgent Care.  You, Daddy, and I got it midweek, but the honey and green tea solution worked so well, we decided it wasn't worth the trouble of a doctor's visit.  Breastmilk will always be the best choice for treating pinkeye, but if that isn't available, the honey/green tea solution worked almost as well.


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