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A 25-year-old female asked:

Taking bacitracin ophthalmic ointment for a stye. what are normal side effects? my eye gets slightly irritated/itchy is that normal?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not effective: Bacitracin, a good antibiotic for open skin wounds, will not penetrate into a stye which is a closed system. The best treatment is frequent applications of very warm (not hot) pads or washcloth for 4 minutes about 5 times per day. Although very uncommon, you could develop an allergy to Bacitracin as well.

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Last updated Dec 27, 2015

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