In the past, home remedies might be sufficient for soothing pink eye symptoms associated with uncomplicated colds, minor infections, or allergies. Treatment consists primarily of cleansing the eyes.
To relieve the discomfort of pink eye, apply a cold compress for five to 10 minutes, three to four times a day. Preservative-free artificial tears can be applied a few times a day. Never use steroid eye drops or medications from a friend without a doctor's prescription.
For pink eye that seems to be from an allergy, place a cool compress on your closed eye and use nonprescription allergy eye drops to relieve itching and burning. If the condition does not improve in a few days, consult your doctor. If pink eye symptoms do not appear to be associated with a cold or allergy, you may want to see your primary care provider or local eye doctor for a more comprehensive evaluation.
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