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Eye Irritations: Complementary/Alternative Treatments


Along with whatever medicine your doctor prescribes, warm compresses help treat bacterial pinkeye, viral pinkeye, and infections caused by blocked tear ducts; cool compresses help soothe allergic pinkeye.

Blocked Tear Duct

Dr. William Sears suggests applying your own breast milk. “Around six times a day, express a couple drops of your milk onto the tip of a clean finger and place them in the nasal corner of his draining eye,” he says. “Each drop of your milk contains millions of infection-fighting white blood cells and natural antibacterial substances. And, it is kinder to sensitive little eyes than prescription drugs.”