Home Remedies for Itchy Eyes

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An itchy eye is a very common problem. The problem worsens in a high-polluted environment or during allergy season.

As the name suggests, itchy eyes means an unpleasant itchy sensation in and around the eyes. The problem can be recurring for those who frequently touch or rub their eyes.

For instant relief, you can try some easy-to-follow natural treatments. Many of these remedies use readily available ingredients from your kitchen.

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However, in case the problem is severe or caused by an underlying condition then do consult your eye care professional. Health experts suggest finding out the cause of itchy eyes before looking for the solution.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for itching eyes.

1. Cold Compress

Applying cold compresses around the affected eye area can help you to get instant relief. The simplest way to do this is to soak a cloth in ice cold water and place it over your eyes. Do this several times a day.

Chamomile tea bags used as cold compresses can also help relieve itching eyes.

  1. Put used chamomile tea bags in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Place the chilled tea bags over the affected eye(s) for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Do this three to four times a day for fast recovery.

2. Cucumber

Cucumbers have anti-irritation properties that help in reducing inflammation, puffiness, swelling and irritation contributing to itchy eyes.

  1. Thoroughly wash a cucumber and cut it into thin slices. Refrigerate the slices for 15 to 20 minutes, and then put them over your eyes for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Repeat the process four to five times a day.

3. Cold Milk

Milk is also one of the popular home remedies for itchy eyes.

  1. Dab a cotton ball in cold milk and rub it around the eyes. You can also place a cotton ball soaked in milk on the eyes as a compress for an instant cooling effect.
  2. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

4. Rosewater

Pure rosewater is one of the most effective home remedies for itchy eyes. It is soothing and cooling for the eyes and helps clear them. It can be used in a couple of ways.

  • Rinse your eyes with rosewater at least twice a day.
  • You can also use rosewater as eye drops for instant relief. Put three drops of rosewater into the inflamed eye.

5. Water and Salt

Water and salt are easily available and helpful in treating painful and itchy eyes. When used as an eye rinse, the combination is good for irritated and inflamed eyes and helps wash away the debris collected in the eyes. Plus, salt being an antibacterial agent kills bacteria.

  1. Make a natural eye wash by mixing a cup of distilled water with one teaspoon of salt. Boil the solution until the salt dissolves completely.
  2. Allow the solution to cool and then use it to flush the eyes.
  3. Repeat several times a day for two to three days.

6. Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits including providing relief from itchy eyes. It soothes the eyes and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

  1. Make an eye wash by boiling two green tea bags in one cup of distilled water. Allow it to cool completely.
  2. Flush the eyes twice a day with the solution until your symptoms subside.
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  1. Washing your face might help and maybe some Hot Chocolate with milk might help with kids.

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  2. patricia asieba April 23, 2013, 2:01 pm

    thanks for the information shared i tried it and it sooth my itchy eye

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  3. awesome TYou I just bathed my eye with milk & WOW It honestly feels so Good.I THINK I May have the beginning if a STY Is there another easy home remedy? Thank You for sharing the milk with us ** A Happy Chappy **

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  4. The milk is wonderful!!!!!!!! I even let the milk drip down in my eyes and its like instant relief!!!! Thank you so much!

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    • I’m about to try it its the easiest thing i saw i hope your right thanks i have really bad
      allergy eyes they get red,puffy,icthy,burning,watery thx!!!!!!!!

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  5. Thanx veeery much for ur grate advice m the most happiest person ever.. :)

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  6. I found the milk helpful but when I used it the things I could see. We’re mildly grey / white it does wear off but it works a treat

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  7. VENKATESH IYER June 18, 2013, 1:53 pm

    As usual Iam experiencing itchy eyes that lead to sneez and cold. I will try milk or potato tonight.

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  8. I’ve literally been itching my eyes for days due to hayfever and nothing worked….until I bathed them with milk! Thank you so much!

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  9. Tried the milk and it is amazing how much better my eyes feel. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Adamu Abubakar June 26, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I am very happy, I would help my sister with that information.

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  11. I will try cocumber this evening. thanks for the info.

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  12. Just tried the milk after searching for ways to help me…. It’s definitely taken the edge off of the itchiness and stinging but eyes are still extremely hot. Have tried eye drops a while ago and the milk actually worked better. Only down side is that I really don’t like the smell you get after (I seem to be rather sensitive to the smell of milk!) and the fact that it goes a bit sticky around your eyes. Would never have thought to try milk though, so thanks! (Not sure if its just because its cold or whether there’s a magic ingredient that actually scientifically helps but it works never the less!)

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  13. Reshma latchman August 5, 2013, 3:07 pm

    The milk did a wonderful job. And the other stuff also help remove the dark circle around the eye.

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  14. it seems so many people tried milk and it worked out. I have been itching my eyes out for the last two or three days…..so let me see what mr milk can do

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  15. my son gets itchy eyes in the mornings when he wakes up. i will try the milk! thanks!

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  16. I love the milk I took a cue tip dipped it in the milk and rubbed it around the inside of my eyes where they were itching and it stop immediately. Thanks so much .

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  17. I am lactose intolerant so I didn’t have any milk. Instead I used the Green Tea and OMG I had to come say thank you. I work from home as a Lead Customer Service Agent. My job is to watch the chat room for questions and help the agents resolve issues. I am the only Lead who works on Saturday so taking the day off was not an option. With eyelids that felt like sandpaper and eyeballs that throb with each cough and then it would take my eyes at least 5 mins to recover so I had to do something quick. Thanks again!

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  18. the milk thing does really work. I am so glad i tried it.

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  19. Guys we usw the salt solution back home as a tropical
    Treatment and it always works.
    to add to the milk treatment; you can even use breast milk as eye drops.
    We do that as well back home and it reduces red eyes, soothes sore eyes
    Itchy eyss etc. Good luck. And thank you.!!

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    • what do you want to say???

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    • Sheba! I was teaching a class in
      storytelling to a group of Hmong, Laotian, Polish, & Mexican women.I had a very bad case of conjunctivitus ( “pink-eye”).my eyes were red, itchy, swollen & full of mucous..I was a mess!
      The Hmong & Laotian women told the class interpreter that in their country the cure for my problem was MOTHERS MILK!..One of the
      Mexican women was nursing her baby & offered up some her breast milk, which the interpreter
      let her squeeze into a sterile bottle, then dripped it into into my eyes…voila!..my eyes were cured in minutes–much better than prescription medicines! The women in the class clapped & laughed in joy!

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  20. Thanks very very much I put cold milk as u said and it cooled my eyes went to sleep .its great GOD BLESS.

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  21. Thank you for the tip, the milk is good. I’m off to the buy more now.

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  22. The milk works like magic.my child had swollen itchy eyes and it was holiday time all the nearby doctors and clinics were closed so I googled and got this site.milk saved my day.

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  23. Please advice me if I have to add water in the milk or just wholemeal milk? I am too bad with itchy eyes.

    Thanks.

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    • you can try any milk you want. But there is no milk like wholemeal milk. So I would say try normal milk which is easily available in supermarkets or through milkman. Hope you get better soon

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  24. Am happy I visited this site. My eyes has being itching me for a month now. Will try d milk out and see if it works for me and get back to you guys!
    Thanks!!!

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  25. My sister had itchy, red, watery and swollen eyes ,so I used cold milk on the eye and later washed it off with aloe Vera juice and milk and she had an instant relief

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  26. i had this irritating itching eyes! yhea thanx milk dd a best

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  27. I had no milk but tried the cucumber and it worked very well. I live in South Korea and the pollution was bad today…

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  28. Does it matter what kind of milk? Will carnation milk do?

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  29. I think this ‘milk’ remedy is very helpful, i’ve not tried yet but THANKYOU

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  30. I had visited this site and used 1 remedy I.e milk. Now I got instant relief. All thanks to be almighty allah.

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  31. Thanks. The milk really works.

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  32. musa yunusa
    May 2, 2014, 3:55 pm
    I had visited this site and used 1 remedy I.e milk. Now I got instant relief. All thanks to be almighty allah.

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  33. Thanks for giving a wonderfull advice

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  34. Thanks I feel much better!

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  35. Thanks I feel much better!

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  36. Put a cold compress on my eye before coming to this site just now, took a while to cool it down but next time I shall use milk after having read this! Let’s put this magic cure to the test!

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  37. home remedies do tend to work but usually for a short period of time but it is great to use until you meet up with your doctor and ask what is best for you

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  38. This Tip will help to relief my Kid eye problem, thanks.

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  39. I will try this tea bag n milk process…
    Thank u for great tips :)

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  40. was badly facing the issue of itching eyes and finally the cold milk remedy was successful for me i got an instant relief after trying it.Thank you so much…

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  41. Thanks a lot I will try the cold milk tomorrow. Please can you specify what type of milk exactly tnx again.

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  42. My eyes having been itching so bad.. ID taken two kinds of medication but nothing is working. Trying homeredies just popped into my head and now I’m going to try the milk. Thanks a lot. I believe it’s going to make a difference

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  43. This worked so perfectly my eyes were relieved and I feel so much better. My eyes have been itching me for more than a month I used a cold compress but, it only stopped for a while but now I used the milk and it worked perfectly thank you for posting these remedies they are very useful. I will surely tell everyone who has itchy eyes.

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  44. I really appreciate ur hlp wid da milk thing.. works like magic.

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  45. Very bad experience of itchy eyes since 15 days…now I will try milk…..hope it will work…

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  46. With so many positive comments for milk- I need to try it too !

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  47. Have had itchy eyes for some time – allergic reaction to quite a lot of things. Stumbled on this page, rushed into the kitchen dabbed on some cold milk soaked in cotton wool, and I’m sure I’m gonna sleep like a baby. Who says remedies ain’t under our noses. Thanks a million.

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  48. Salt&water and milk worked for me :) thanks so much for this site.

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  49. I got itching allergy and sneezing leads to cold , get instant relief with rosewater and feels fresh . Thanx .. This problem is very common with me. But finally have some safe home remedies

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  50. Thanks so much for the milk tip I will definitely use it tonight.

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  51. my eyes are inching since from morning. after reading the comments I shall try for it today after going to home. let me see the results after using the milk treatment…..

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  52. I don`t know whether this home made remedies provide permanent healing or they just remedy an itching eyes temporarily. Tommorrow I will try to use cold milk as i can see it worked for many people.

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  53. i used a cool water from the refrigerator and a piece of cloth and it help thank you

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  54. The milk worked so well! I’m in the middle of allergey season and my eyes were a mess. I wet a q tip in milk and dabbed my eye and it was instant relief. Although it was a bit sticky

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  55. Water n salt instant relief. Thank u!

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  56. I return to NZ every summer and get hayfever something chronic, try everything this side of the black stump…. lasts for about 3 weeks and then just left with itchy eyes, I tried everything until I read about the milk, Hellalouya!! Thank you what a great relief…

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  57. I have chronic eye inflammation and even after 7 weeks and 2 medications, I’m worse, not better. This weekend, I was going crazy with itching and tearing. Hot compresses, bathing my eyes with baby shampoo, anti-itch eye drops and other over-the-counter products the doctor had me using hadn’t worked either.. So I came to this site and tried chamomile tea bags. The relief was almost instantly. I was even able to get a good night’s sleep without that awful itching. I’m going to use the chamomile tea bags again this morning and, unfortunately, call my doctor — again.

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  58. Theo South Africa January 24, 2015, 8:31 pm

    Milk does wonders. Instant relief!!

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  59. I’ve been suffering from Dry Eye’s for several months, and they can get really red and itchy at times. A while back I was not able to spend more than 10 – 15 mins on the computer without eye drops.. that stung like crazy.. or I had to just go and lie down till they felt better. I have since almost 100% recovered from this condition using a very simple remedy.
    Pop on down to your local supermarket and get some Wet Baby Wipes that have Aloe Vera in them.
    Just wipe your eyes as often as needed.
    I was vastly improved after just a couple of days.. and within a week I almost never need drops anymore.
    My eyes go all day without itching.. and i can work again on the puter.
    I was so happy with the results I decided to make this posting on several websites.
    Try it.. you cant lose on this, just make sure you get the ones with Aloe Vera extract.. others dont work as well.
    All the best… Gary

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  60. After seeing good comments for milk i have tried for my itchy eyes. Amazing….. within 2 minutes i got a good relief. Thanks.

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  61. Simple way to get rid of itchy eyes, heat steam process. 3 to 4 drops of peppermint or spearmint oil, 2 to 3 pinch of salt mixed in hot pan of water. Take a towel cover it over your head, over the pan. Just inhale for a couple of minutes with your eyes open. Do not throw away the water one you have finish. You could put it in a mist sprayer and keep on repeatedly spray it to your face from an agle, in order for the mist to get into your nostrils as well. Take deep breaths when spraying into nostrils.
    Good luck :-)

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  62. Thank you for all of these tips. Will try the milk before anything else. Thanks again!

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  63. Your page has the most different kinds of solutions for eye problems – thank you! My eyes have been burning for a while and all the doctor can do is prescribe steroid eye drops that have all kinds of warnings and side effects — including blindness! Are they kidding? In spite of that, I used them for a week and I do believe the problem worsened, so I discontinued them and now I’m looking for natural solutions other than just the ice water compresses that I’ve been using. They do offer immediate though temporary relief; let’s see if cucumbers and tea bags have longer lasting effects. Thanks again!

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  64. The milk worked!!!!!! Amazing.

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  65. So wonderful. I have had itchy eyes for several years, and doctors have given me all sorts of eye drops. I only had a relief two days ago after trying your home remedies. Its great!!

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  66. FINALLY SOME RELIEF !!!! I was going crazy with watery, itchy eyes!! Sneezing, runny nose. For the last few weeks and never had this issue. I tried over the counter meds at the pharmacies suggestions. No relief. I’m glad I decided to google home remedies. I just tried the milk and man am I glad I found this page !!! I also get these string like deposits and the milk turned them white and it was easier to remove them too. MILK……….DOES A BODY GOOD !!!!!!!! Will try the others as well. BIG THANKS !!!!

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  67. Thankyou!I think this will help my mom to get rid of her problem..

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  68. I tried the milk. Instant relief. Now i can get some sleep.

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  69. My eyes have been itchy/irritating for a couple of years. Tried allergy drops dry eye drops. Wash eyelids with baby shampoo in water as advised by optician. Nothing helps. After reading all the posts on here I’m going to try milk .. thanks !!

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  70. Milk does it for me. Thank you so much. Such a relief.

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  71. Potato and milk it’s amazing I had itchy eye for past two weeks. After using an eye drop it didn’t help but with this home remedies it really work . Thank you

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  72. thnx the milk works like a charm

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  73. it is a good information for me.thank you for your valuable advice.I applied cold milk over my eyes.I feel relief from my itching.

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  74. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  75. I had an itchy eye for quite sometime and the eye drops that the doctors recommended didn’t help. The cold milk over my eyes was like a magic. Thank you and would like to recommend the same with people having similiar problem.

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