Posted: May 22, 2013 1:00 PM
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious eye infection that could be viral or bacterial. When you have small kids, this can spread quickly and may take up to seven days to go away. Here is my tip for preventing and treating bacterial conjunctivitis.

I woke up last week with my eye sealed shut. My first reaction was to rub my eyes. I felt a gooey buildup on my lashes and remembered this feeling from when I was a kid. I had pink eye!!

I brewed myself a cup of black tea and made a warm compress for my eye – a recipe my mother used to treat my pink eye when I was younger. It felt instantly better.

Here's what to do:

  • cup of black tea

    Dip a large ball of cotton into brewed black tea, and cover the infected eye with it.
  • Lie down for 10 minutes with the compress.
  • When you remove the cotton, do throw it out in a closed lid bin so your little ones don't get to it.
  • If you want to make another compress, do so with a clean piece of cotton. Never use the same compress on your other eye as you will spread the bacteria.
  • Use this recipe a few times a day or whenever you have a moment to lie down!

I know pink eye can spread quickly, and I remember the panic I used to feel as a kid when I couldn't open my eye in the morning because it was sealed shut. So be sure not to spread it to your loved ones! Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes. Change your pillowcases often as well – this is not a time to have the kiddies in your bed for a pillow fight!

makeup compactI also quickly realized that my case of pink eye most likely came from my eye makeup. To avoid future infections, I threw away my mascara and eyeshadow compact. Compacts can become Petri dishes for bacteria (especially as I was using water to blend my black shadow to create a smoky eye look!). The second you add water to your compact, you are creating a prime environment for bacteria to grow. Avoid mixing shadows with water and instead use an eye pencil that can be sharpened frequently. Also be sure to throw away mascara every six months, and clean brushes weekly with an anti-bacterial soap.

I avoided eye makeup for a few days and shaded my bare eyes with my Ray-Ban sunglasses (which I also washed with anti-bacterial soap). My pink eye went away in less than three days and no one in my household got it – phew!

It's a good idea to clean up your makeup bag to prevent bacterial infections. And if you do get a case of pink eye, I hope my tips help you get through it!

editor's note^

Please always defer to your doctor's advice when it comes to medical concerns.

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