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Can I use synthomycine 5% (chloramphenicol 5%) eye ointment for a stye? How do I use it?

Can I use synthomycine 5% (chloramphenicol 5%) eye ointment for a stye? How do I use it?

Not helpful: Topical antibiotics will not penetrate a stye. The best treatment for a stye is very warm compresses applied for 5 minutes every 2-3 hours while awake. This almost always gets rid of them. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

Hordeolum is also known as Stye. This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more


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Terramycin ophthalmic ointment can cure eye stye?

Terramycin ophthalmic ointment can cure eye stye?

Warm Compresses: A stye, or chalazion, is an obstructed or infected oil gland of the eyelid. Use of warm compresses (a wash rag soaked in warm water) held over the closed eye for 10 minutes a few times a day will usually help the stye to resolve. Sometimes antibiotic eye ointment and less commonly oral antibiotics can help as well. If the stye has been there chronically (months), surgical drainage may be needed. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my child's stye if warm compresses and the eye ointment didn't work?

How do I get rid of my child's stye if warm compresses and the eye ointment didn't work?

Needs consultation: Any child with a persistent stye or chalazion needs a consultation with an ophthalmologist to determine the underlying reason. "styes" generally develop in response to chronic eyelid gland inflammation. Treatment is aimed at not only treating the stye but preventing future problems as well. In extreme cases, styes may develop into cellulitis or skin infection requiring more intense treatment. ...Read more

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I am on a topical antibiotic for my eye. I have now developed 2 styes, same eye. The stye on my lower lid has a swollen pouch under it, what is it?

I am on a topical antibiotic for my eye. I have now developed 2 styes, same eye. The stye on my lower lid has a swollen pouch under it, what is it?

Compress: Try to use warm compress and don't touch ur eye without washing your hands. Keep using topical antibiotics, if doing this for 48 hours doesn't show any improvement or if it is getting worse then see a doc. ...Read more

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I am having frequent eye styes in both eyes every month also having eye allergy from 10 years. Using antibiotic. What is the permanent solution for it?

I am having frequent eye styes in both eyes every month also having eye allergy from 10 years. Using antibiotic. What is the permanent solution for it?

Eye doctor + Allergist: you need both, frequent styes could be related to allergies, but we need to make sure first you have the right sight / corrective lenses, and free from any other eye disease, as for the allergist, would make sure as well you truly have allergies, identify the offending agents, gives you the right allergy medicine, possibly starts you on specific immunotherapy, good luck ...Read more

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I have blepharitis, i take good care of my lids. I am on an oral antibiotic, sinus, and a topical 4 eye. Using both 4 a week, and yet developed 2 stye?

I have blepharitis, i take good care of my lids. I am on an oral antibiotic, sinus, and a topical 4 eye. Using both 4 a week, and yet developed 2 stye?

Blepharitis: The best oral antibiotics to help severe blepharitis are doxycycline, or tetracycline. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to treat this blepharitis, yet you are still getting styes. Make sure you talk to your eye doctor about your lid cleaning techniques, and what you are using as well to clean your lids. There are various ways to treat this. Keep regular follow up. ...Read more

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Can you use antibiotic eye ointment on your skin?

Can you use antibiotic eye ointment on your skin?

Yes: If you get a skin lesion you are convinced is due to bacterial infection, and have available an appropriate antibiotic eye ointment, it can be effective on the skin. ...Read more

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I cannot put my antibiotic eye ointment on, what to do?

I cannot put my antibiotic eye ointment on, what to do?

Technique: Looking in a mirror, pull your lower lid outward forming a cup. Place the ointment in that cup. Then pull your lower lid over the front of your eye and close your eyes to spread the ointment. You can also have someone assist you. It gets easier with practice. Good luck! ...Read more

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