Bacterial pinkeye is treated with an antibiotic and cannot be treated with a homeopathic remedy, but viral pinkeye symptoms may be relieved by using a warm compress, explains WebMD. If allergies are the cause of pinkeye, a cold compress is the best choice.
Always use a new compress for each application and never use the same compress for both eyes, as it can spread the infection from one eye to the other, states WebMD and Mayo Clinic. Also, remove contacts until the pinkeye infection clears up and wear glasses if needed. Always thoroughly clean contacts that are not disposable before using them again. Some people use over-the-counter eyedrops such as artificial tears to relieve pinkeye symptoms.
When an individual has pinkeye, it is important to determine the cause of the infection, according to WebMD. If a sensitivity to light develops; pain increases or does not go away; signs of infection develop; or the symptoms become more severe or frequent, it is important to seek medical attention. Pinkeye infections, excluding pinkeye caused by allergies, are contagious. This is why it is important to avoid social situations until the infection clears up. Bacterial pinkeye symptoms normally start to improve in a few days, while viral pinkeye can last up to two or three weeks.