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How long is erythromycin used for pink eye treatment

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Most use 7-10d: Most pinkeye rx with this med is 7-10 days.

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Layne Hermansen
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends : I'd recommend using it for two days after the infection appears to be gone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Yes: Erythromycin ointment can be effective for bacterial conjunctivitis. It has no effect on viral or allergic conjunctivitis. Most cases of conjunctivi... Read More
Dr. Dean Bonsall
Pediatric Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes: Yes, if you are allergic to other meds, it is also good for corneal abrasions.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Depends: Erythromycin is an effective anti-biotic which means it acts against bacteria. If your pink eye is viral, or due to some other cause, the Erythromyci... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: bacterial: It is not my first line choice for bacterial conjunctivitis, however, it is broad spectrum and will work. Always have your pediatrician evaluate/exam... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Probably: Most pink eye is due to a virus. If you are certain it is pink eye (conjunctivitis), and the vision is about normal, and there is no pus, and no pain... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Yes: Erythromycin is safe to use to infant and pregnant woman. If you have pink eye its viral conjunctivitis, you may not need the antibiotic for it. Tim... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not usually: You might becoming sensitive to the ointment, particularly if you've used it for longer than 2 weeks. Although redness is common with conjunctivitis, ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Depends . . .: Yes if pink eye is due to bacteria sensitive to Erythromycin but no if pink eye is due to some other cause. That's why it's important to go see your f... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
No: Prophylactic use of Erythromycin eye ointment for the newborns is intended to protect their eyes from getting infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia.
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