Last summer, I was hit with the worst flu imaginable. Why was it the WORST? Because it went into my right eye and presented as the single most painful terrible eye infection I have ever had the misfortune of experiencing.
We've all been there with eye infections: redness, ceaseless watering, sensitivity to air and light and maybe even sound, pus and discharge, and referred pain through the head and the back of the skull, and let us not forget waking in the morning with our eyes sealed shut with nature's most adhesive Elmer's glue.
Eye infections are common, and often complications from viruses. But they can also be bacterial. Babies and toddlers can even experience eye complications of this nature while teething, when their immune systems are on high alert managing the natural inflammation from sprouting a new tooth.
There are many ways to treat these infections, and everyone has a preference, and this is a subject I will discuss at a later time. However, for instant relief while sorting out your treatment path, I have to say that my life-saver for instant relief of pain and watering and misery is a cold, moist black tea bag.
Yeah, that's right. A tea bag. For 2 weeks while my flu and infection healed, I sported a David-Bowie-esque eye patch I fashioned from the following:
- black tea bag that was moist and kept in the freezer for 10 minutes
- medical gauze patch (I use latex-free)
- medical tape
With these supplies, I was able to place the tea bag under the medical gauze, and then use the medical tape to secure my fancy new eye patch on all four sides. I used a fresh tea bag and repeated these measures 6-8 times a day.
This provided relief, returned functionality, worked wonderfully while I sorted out my treatment plan.
I highly recommend the almighty black tea bag! Go forth, a relieve your eye.