Treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis uses antibiotics, while pinkeye that occurs as the result of allergies responds to antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Claritin, according to WebMD. The best remedy for conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, depends upon the type of infection.
If the pinkeye is viral, a cold or warm compress may help relieve symptoms, but medicine is generally not effective. For chemical conjunctivitis, or pinkeye that usually occurs as the result of getting smoke, fumes, liquids or chemicals in the eye, WebMD recommends immediately flushing the eye with water and seeking medical attention.
Washing hands thoroughly and often inhibits the spread of all types of conjunctivitis, states WebMD. Immediately discarding paper products used on the affected eye and placing washcloths used compresses directly into the washing machine also help reduce the spread of this infection.