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Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

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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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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Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment on a stye on my eye? It is on my eyelid, I have some people saying I can and some saying not to use it.

Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment on a stye on my eye? It is on my eyelid, I have some people saying I can and some saying not to use it.

Not advised: Only ophthalmic bacitracin is ph balanced for the eye. Using topical antibiotic created for the skin near your eye could cause significant stinging and even a corneal abrasion if it were to get into the eye. ...Read more

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I am with stye. Can I use bacitracin zinc + neomycin sulfate + polymyxin b sulfate? Thank you!

I am with stye. Can I use bacitracin zinc + neomycin sulfate + polymyxin b sulfate? Thank you!

It won't help or hurt: "styes" is a layman's term for blocked oil glands in the eyelid. Most all will resolve completely with time and warm compresses. If they do not resolve in a reasonable period of time, an ophthalmologist can easily incise and drain them leading to quick resolution. This triple antibiotic should not hurt anything (if not allergic), but won't help either as these are not bacterial in origin. ...Read more

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I have a internal hordeolum. Some of the pus came out and went in my eye. My lower lid hurts and I collect pus from the corner of my eye. What to do?

I have a internal hordeolum. Some of the pus came out and went in my eye. My lower lid hurts and I collect pus from the corner of my eye. What to do?

Hordeloum?: 22 F I have a internal hordeolum. some of the pus came out and went in my eye. My lower lid hurts and I collect pus from the corner of my eye. What to do? ANS: See your Dr or go to walk in clinic. ...Read more

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Internal hordeolum in my eye has not gone and it's been a week, what do I do?

Internal hordeolum in my eye has not gone and it's been a week, what do I do?

Try heat: Use very warm soaks over the eye 4-5 times per day for 5 minutes each over the next several days./ This will usually make a stye disappear. If not see your ophthalmologist for further treatment. ...Read more

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Infants getting two stys in a month. Seem to have itchy eyes after applying bacitracin.

Throw away bacitraci: Bacitracin, neosporin, & triple antibiotic are common sensitizers. They are among the most common things that people are allergic to. Since they are not useful to treat or prevent any skin infections, they are best discarded. May need to see ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops in your eye while wearing contacts?

Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops in your eye while wearing contacts?

Yes: If you have been prescribed polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops for some problem, you can do that. However it is always safer if the eye is infected to not wear the contact lens in that eye until the infection is gone. ...Read more

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Are polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops good for pink eye?

Are polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops good for pink eye?

Not usually: Most 'pink eye" is viral and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is a good anti-bacterial which will probably do no harm but will not affect viral infection. ...Read more

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I put topical bacitracin in my eye due to conjunctivitis, cant get to docs until tomorrow. The eye feels great, might this treat the infection?

I put topical bacitracin in my eye due to conjunctivitis, cant get to docs until tomorrow. The eye feels great, might this treat the infection?

Possibly: If the topical bacitracin that you put in the eye is meant for the eye, then yes it can possibly treat a mild bacterial conjunctivitis. If the medication is not meant for the eye, I would hold off putting any more in. There are components of non-ophthalmic medications that can irritate the eye and cause more harm than good. I would follow up with doctor tomorrow. ...Read more

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Can I take polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye drops with antihistamine?

Can I take polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye drops with antihistamine?

Yes: The two medications are different classes, the former is for a bacterial eye infection, and the later is for the itching that occurs with allergies. A caveat would be if you are trying to decrease some untoward side effect of too much polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) use, which can cause a contact dermatitis and conjunctivitis. I'd make sure that you follow up with your eye doctor if you are still experiencing eye issu. ...Read more

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Why does my conjonctivitis seems to get worse (itching, pain) when I put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye drops?

Why does my conjonctivitis seems to get worse (itching, pain) when I put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye drops?

Chemical irritation: Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) (ophthalmic preparation) may be irritating if used beyond 7 to 10 days, or if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients. Also, you may have been prescribed an antibiotic for the wrong problem, as in viral conjunctivitis or allergic conjunctivitis. Discuss with your prescribing physician your symptoms, as you may need to stop the polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops and be treated with a different product. ...Read more

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Not 100 percent sure if I have pink eye should I use the polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye drops or could it damage my eye?

Possibly: If your eye gets red but 1)the vision is ok and 2)there is no pain or pus, then you can try the polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) which is a good antibiotic. If the problem persists (take out your contacts if you are wearing them), then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Does it mean my eye is infected if I put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops in my eye and it stings and turns red?

Does it mean my eye is infected if I put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops in my eye and it stings and turns red?

Not necessarily: Any eyedrop can potentially cause some burning and stinging when instilled in the eyes, particularly if the eye is irritated or inflamed to begin with. ...Read more

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My left eye started twitching off and on three daysago. Have tried tears have tried polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye ointment. Bottom iinside lid bit red. Stress?

My left eye started twitching off and on three daysago. Have tried tears have tried polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye ointment. Bottom iinside lid bit red. Stress?

Yes: Stress and fatigue are the main causing factors. There are no drops or ointment that can stop the twitching, while it is true that irritation of the lids and cornea can cause this, you have tried these with no results. ...Read more

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My eye is red, irritated, tearing, blurry, sore. I believe I scratched it. I bought Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) Antibiotic drops. Will that hurt or help?

My eye is red, irritated, tearing, blurry, sore. I believe I scratched it. I bought Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) Antibiotic drops. Will that hurt or help?

Be Careful: If it is a minor scratch, meaning not too big or deep, then it should heal in a few days using those drops every few hours. However, if your vision is compromised or the pain increases, or you get sensitive to the light, or a discharge starts then you should go to a doctor immediately. Don't take any chances with your eyes. You don't need to wear an eye patch. Avoid bright lights or a lot of TV. ...Read more

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My bf has had redness in the vertical wrinkle between his eyes for 2 mos. Hydrocortisone and bacitracin have not helped. He washes w a gentle cleanser. It looks dry. What else can he try?

My bf has had redness in the vertical wrinkle between his eyes for 2 mos. Hydrocortisone and bacitracin have not helped. He washes w a gentle cleanser. It looks dry. What else can he try?

Seborrhea: You can try over the counter head and shoulders shampp plus a speck of over the counter antifungal cream (am/pm) apply cream very sparingly. Your physician can prescribe a combined anti-fungal/cortisone cream. Stop all other medication. Consult a dermatolgist if not gone within 1 week. ...Read more

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Are there any consequences of mixing polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) pink eye drops with visene red eye drops?

Are there any consequences of mixing polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) pink eye drops with visene red eye drops?

Probably none: You simply will have diluted the concentration of the active ingredients by the amount of mix that you have made. There is nothing incompatible in these solutions. ...Read more

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Sticking/scratching eye irritation in top corner of eyeball/eyelid for 6 days now. Used polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) pink eye drops for 3 days now, feels a bit better¿?

Sticking/scratching eye irritation in top corner of eyeball/eyelid for 6 days now. Used polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) pink eye drops for 3 days now, feels a bit better¿?

See eye doctor to: Evert your lid and see what's under there that's causing a problem. They have all the equipment to do a thorough job, and you'll have permanent relief. ...Read more

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I have a cholestral bump for years now the size of a pea in the corner of eye near nose. Yesterday the whole thing got swollen I cannot go to the doctor I am using hot compresses and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin).

I have a cholestral bump for years now the size of a pea in the corner of eye near nose. Yesterday the whole thing got swollen I cannot go to the doctor I am using hot compresses and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin).

See an eye doctor: There are few home remedies that are effective at treating your condition. If the spot is on the eye itself, it is likely a growth related to sun exposure (pingueculum or pterygium). It is usually benign but can become irritated. The only effective treatment is removal. Short course of steroid drops may work sometimes, but see an eye doctor in order to get the right treatment. ...Read more

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Is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) Antibiotic drops for external eye/ear infections, such as Pink Eye ok to take at 38 weeks pregnant?

It's probably safe: Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops are considered "class C" during pregnancy, which basically means that there is not enough good data in the medical literature to say whether it is harmful or safe.
That being said, the systemic absorbtion of topical drops applied to the eye/ear is fairly low (meaning very little will actually make it into the blood stream), which makes harm to the fetus unlikely. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to put bacitracin on your penis head?

Yes, but why?: Unless you have a simple abrasion or friction burn, while Bacitracin would not hurt anything, it is unlikely to help it, either. If you are worried about a lesion or other issue, then should be seen, as might be an std. ...Read more

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Is it safe to apply bacitracin on the head of the penis?

Is it safe to apply bacitracin on the head of the penis?

Yes: That is not a problem. The question is, why do you think it is needed. Bacterial infections to the glans penis are not common. ...Read more

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Popped blackhead & washed then put bacitracin on it so it wouldn't scarwhite head formed I popped then raised scab formed popped clear liquidwhat2do?

Skin abscess: In teenagers, it is not uncommon to suffer from acne. This can be related to a variety of normal growth issues, and also to physical activity, hygiene, and topical products used. I would typically not encourage multiple popping of blackheads or skin abscesses. The fingers could contaminate the wound further with other bacteria and cause a worse infection. Best to use soap and water regularly. ...Read more

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I've gotten a small pain in my eye for a week or so now, but I woke up this morning and it's swollen shut, puffy, and red. Is it a stye?

I've gotten a small pain in my eye for a week or so now, but I woke up this morning and it's swollen shut, puffy, and red. Is it a stye?

Possibly: Your symptoms could be due to a stye. But a corneal abrasion, corneal ulcer, or foreign body (embedded foreign material) can also cause similar symptoms. The best course is to see an eye doctor immediately for a diagnosis and to start treatment. ...Read more

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Do I have to throw out my contacts if a small stye pops while wearing them? Will it re-infect my eye, even after storing the contact in solution?

Maybe: If you are wearing standard disposable lenses, they are fairly inexpensive. Throw out the lens and put in a new pair. If you want to re-use, clean, soak overnight, clean again and soak again, then use. ...Read more

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What is this small bump under the bottom lid of my eye; is it a stye?

What is this small bump under the bottom lid of my eye; is it a stye?

Yes: Yes, this most likely is what is commonly called a stye. See your doctor to know for sure. Don't put your eyes at risk. ...Read more

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Bacitracin (Definition)

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