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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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May I use erythromycin eye ointment on my pink eye?

May I use erythromycin eye ointment on my pink eye?

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 Erythromycin might provide some degree of comfort but will not actually treat the condition. Your ophthalmologist can advise you about the cause of your eye redness. ...Read more

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Erythromycin eye ointment - is it good for kid's pink eye?

Erythromycin eye ointment - is it good for kid's pink eye?

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/examine before using prescription medications. ...Read more

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Is erythromycin eye ointment for newborns required by law in every state?

See below:: Some states require prophylaxis against gonococcal opthalmia. Pros & cons of eyedrops for newborns: http://answers.Google.Com/answers/threadview/id/20050.Html. Check with your state's statutes/laws. There's convincing evidence that blindness due to gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum has become rare in the United States since the implementation of universal prophylaxis of newborns w/out harm! ...Read more

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I have pink eye is ok for me to use erythromycin ophthalmic ointment and how much?

I have pink eye is ok for me to use erythromycin ophthalmic ointment and how much?

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, then you can use Erythromycin ointment which can provide some comfort while your immune system combats the virus. Generally it is applied as a line of ointment twice per day. If the condition persists see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I was told that erythromycin eye ointment helps protect all the newborns. From pink-eye?

I was told that erythromycin eye ointment helps protect all the newborns.  From pink-eye?

No: Prophylactic use of Erythromycin eye ointment for the newborns is intended to protect their eyes from getting infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia. ...Read more

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Can a two week old baby use the erythromycin eye ointment for eye discharge?

Can a two week old baby use the erythromycin eye ointment for eye discharge?

Yes.: But most children with eye discharge at this age would benefit more from massage: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1210252-overview. ...Read more

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Why did my 3 1/2 mo old breast fed babies poop smell different (almost a medicinal smell!) when on erythromycin eye ointment for eye infection?

Why did my 3 1/2 mo old breast fed babies poop smell different (almost a medicinal smell!) when on erythromycin eye ointment for eye infection?

Hard to say: This could be a situation where antibiotic somehow got on the baby's hand and made its way into the GI tract, OR, possibly something you are eating in your diet could be affecting the poop. The only thing that will prove what caused this is whether the funny poop smell is gone after the eye treatment is stopped for a week or so... ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Eryc Delayed Release (Definition)

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