Do NOT touch your eyes
Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. This may aggravate your disease or spread it to your other eye. Wash any discharge from around your eye multiple times a day with clean hands and a clean, moist washcloth or fresh cotton ball.
Don’t use contact lenses
If you wear contact lenses, remove them until your pinkeye has cleared up. After that, you may need to replace your lenses and case. Bacteria or viruses could be present, and you could become ill again.
Keep washing your hands
If you have conjunctivitis, you can help restrict its spread by doing the following steps: Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Wash them well before and after cleansing your infected eye or applying eye drops or ointment to it.
Make use of a compress
Soak a clean, lint-free cloth in cold water. Wring it out and gently rub it against your closed eyes. You don’t want to harm your eyes by pressing too hard. If it feels better, use warm water.
Sanitize your surroundings
Keep your mobile phones, remotes and everyday items clean. It’s also a good idea to wash towels and pillowcases frequently in hot water. Towels and cushions should never be shared with someone who has pinkeye.
Dr. Rohini Patil, MBBS & Certified Nutritionist says, “Drink good amounts of water throughout the day to maintain proper hydration and health. This will help keep your eyes moist and reduce dryness and irritation associated with conjunctivitis.”
Consume Vitamin C-Rich Foods
Include foods rich in vitamin C to support your immune system and aid in the healing process. Citrus fruits (such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons), strawberries, kiwi, guava, and bell peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C.
Eat Foods High in Beta-Carotene
“Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body, which is crucial for maintaining healthy vision and supporting the immune system. Incorporate foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, mangoes, apricots, spinach, and kale into your diet, says Dr. Patil.
Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce eye inflammation and support overall eye health. Include fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout) and plant-based sources of omega-3s (like flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds) in your diet.
Avoid Irritants and Allergens
During conjunctivitis, avoiding potential irritants and allergens that could exacerbate the condition is essential. Stay away from smoke, dust, pet dander, and any substances that may trigger an allergic reaction.
First, consult a doctor and then take the required measures for a healthy disease-resistant life.