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Does polymyxin b trimethoprim cure a stye?

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Dr. Harold Ballitch
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Probably not: Best treatment for a stye is warm moist compresses and typically oral antibiotics. Topical antibiotics can sometimes be helpful but Polymyxin B trimethaprim is bacteriostatic and has poor penetration.
Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No: A stye is usually not an infection but a tender swelling of a gland in the eyelid. Also called a chalazion. The treatment is warm compresses and sometimes injection or excision with surgery. Drops and ointments don't much but occasionally i would use a topical antibiotic but it would not be polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim).

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Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim treat stye?

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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
No: Styes are not infections. Those are antibiotics. This is a common misconception. Warm compresses are the main treatment for styes.

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