Black eye • Natural home treatment
A black eye refers to the bruising around an injury near the eye, which is caused by broken blood vessels under the skin’s surface.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Blurry vision
- Bruising around one eye following an injury
- Discoloration of the skin
MEDICAL FIRST AID
Apply an ice pack to the bruised area every couple of hours for ten minutes. Don’t put pressure over the eye area; just let it rest loosely. Never put ice directly on a wound. Use a bag or cloth between the ice and your skin. If you don’t have ice, use a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth. The sooner you treat a black eye, the more likely the treatment will work; try to start treatment before the injured area turns color.
The suggestions below are self-treatments that others have found helpful for this condition and are offered as information for your further research.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Pineapple or pineapple juice
- Papaya or papaya juice
HERBS AND SPICES
- Bilberry extract or tea
- Cayenne Pepper
- Calendula—cooled tea compress for a few minutes
Add a few drops of any of the essential oils below to a natural ointment or to coconut oil and dab on the bruised area, keeping the oils out of your eyes. Avoid irritating your skin by not overdoing.
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
- Extra Vitamin C
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Apply Aloe Vera.
- Apply chilled tea bags for 15 minutes several times a day.
- Apply crushed pineapple to the area.
- Apply cucumber slices to the affected area.
- Apply papaya pulp to the affected area.
- Apply raw potato to the affected area for 15 minutes.
- Apply warm compresses to the eye after a couple days. Do this several times a day.
- Apply witch hazel to the bruised area, keeping it out of your eyes.
- If you don’t have ice to apply right away, put some spoons in the freezer and use them when they are cold.
- Take some Arnica tablets (homeopathic first aid remedy) to relieve swelling and reduce bruising.
- Very gently massage the area around the discoloration (but not on it).
- Don’t blow your nose, which creates pressure.
- Don’t take aspirin for pain; it may cause more internal bleeding.
If you have any of the following symptoms, visit a doctor immediately
- Behavioral changes
- Bleeding ears or nose
- Inability to move your eye
- Wear safety glasses when needed.
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