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Cayenne Pepper Works For Eye Infections Too

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Cayenne pepper


Cayenne pepper is time and again used in recipes where you need to add just a little bit of spice, and it is because of the presence of capsaicin that results in proving the hot flavor. Apart from adding flavor to foods, cayenne pepper has other benefits. Cayenne pepper works for eye infections too. It not only controls the pain but treats other eye conditions too. If you have a severe eye infection, you should first talk to your doctor to ensure that this treatment is appropriate before you use capsaicin.



Infections can be present in any area of the eye, be it the front surface or the internal structures. These infections can be caused by different sources, like a virus, bacteria or even fungus. Some popular forms of eye infection are keratitis, linked with contact lens usage, and endophthalmitis which is an infection that occurs inside the eye. Conjunctivitis is amongst the most common of all eye infections. Symptoms of eye infections differ but signs include surface irritation, pain, redness and vision changes.


Eye Effects

The capsaicin present in cayenne pepper often acts as a natural pain reliever. When it is applied on the area where you have pain in your eye, you feel a lot of relief. If you have pain or you feel discomfort during the time you go through an eye infection, it is not advisable to apply cayenne pepper directly to the eye. In some cases, cayenne has also been known to treat ear infections.


Side Effects

While using cayenne pepper for treating eye infection, you must be very careful. Since it is very spicy, you will feel intense burning sensation if capsicum comes in direct contact with your eyes.  It may also cause swelling, redness and itching. Other body system side effects that may occur include difficulty in breathing, dizziness, headache, blisters or tightness in chest.



Cayenne pepper must not be used for an eye infection unless and until it is directed by your doctor. Additionally, you must always be careful so that it does not come in direct contact with your skin or eyes. Your doctor may recommend you some eye drops rather than treating your eye infection with cayenne pepper. So, you must always consider these points before you decide to treat your eye infection using cayenne pepper.


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Cayenne Pepper Works For Eye Infections Too