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What happens when you apply antibiotics eye ointment on viral conjunctivitis?

What happens when you apply antibiotics eye ointment on viral conjunctivitis?

It soothes: The eye. Antibiotics have no effect on viral conjunctivitis. However the ointment can soothe the irritated. Over-the-counter ointments work just as well for this. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


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What happens when you apply antibiotics eye ointment on viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

What happens when you apply antibiotics eye ointment on viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

No improvement: Viral conjunctivitis doesn't respond to antibiotics. If you apply antibiotic ointment when there's a viral infection, the pink eye will remain pink & will only improve with time. Cool compresses may help. The risk of using antibiotics in the eye when not necessary include: possible allergic reaction (eye may get redder/swollen) & possibly developing resistance to that antibiotic in the future. ...Read more

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How long can erythromicyin eye ointment be used in 4 mo old baby with conjunctivitis ? Dr said 3x day for 5 days but it came back 2 days after tx done

How long can erythromicyin eye ointment be used in 4 mo old baby with conjunctivitis ? Dr said 3x day for 5 days but it came back 2 days after tx done

May be tear duct: If drainage has been persistent since birth this may be a blocked tear duct problem. It's ok to continue out the emycin (erythromycin) for another week. if no better re exam by his physician and definitive diagnosis! Intermittent drainage of a blocked duct may come and go for up to a year! if not self resolved within a year, will refer to ophthalmology for surgical treatment! ...Read more

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Can terramycin eye ointment be used in infants less than 6 months of age for bacterial conjunctivitis?or chloramphenicol eye ointmt more suitable?

Can terramycin eye ointment be used in infants less than 6 months of age for bacterial conjunctivitis?or chloramphenicol eye ointmt more suitable?

Eye ointments: Most pediatricians will use a gentamycin or other mycin. Chloramphenicol has been removed from the market in the US since it is associated with serious blood dyscrasias and can be fatal. ...Read more

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Will pink eye ointment give you blurry vision?

Will pink eye ointment give you blurry vision?

Yes: Any ophthalmic ointment can blur the vision at first because of its thick/viscous nature. It should clear though in a few minutes. ...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?

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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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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My wife has pink eye. I have a fresh (not expired) tube of erythromycin ophthalmic ointment. Can she apply? If so, please advise on usage/dosage.

My wife has pink eye. I have a fresh (not expired) tube of erythromycin ophthalmic ointment. Can she apply? If so, please advise on usage/dosage.

4x day: If you are sure the bottle/tip has not been contaminated it can be used 4x day. Ointment does blur the vision so patients are usu prescribed antibiotic drops for bacterial conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has pink eye and I have a tube of erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, how many times a day, how many days?

My 9  month old has pink eye and I have a tube of erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, how many times a day, how many days?

2-3 times per day: Try the ointment 2-3 times per day until the redness improves. If not better after 3-4 days, then see a pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have conjunctivitis, 3 days into taking Chloramphenicol ointment and still got a bit of puss in corner of eye only when I wake up. Is this normal?

I have conjunctivitis, 3 days into taking Chloramphenicol ointment and still got a bit of puss in corner of eye only when I wake up. Is this normal?

Likely viral: At your age, almost all conjunctivitis is viral rather than bacterial. Depending upon the virus your normal immune system will get rid of it in 3-8 days. The Chloramphenicol will make no difference although you could get allergic to it or induce resistant bacteria. Stop it and keep your eyes clean and you should beat this back without the antibiotic. ...Read more

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My right eye has been puffy and dark for about 2 weeks. It started about 3 weeks ago and I went to the MinuteClinic where they prescribed an ointment for conjunctivitis and said to use a warm compress. My eye is still dark, puffy, with some pain.

My right eye has been puffy and dark for about 2 weeks.  It started about 3 weeks ago and I went to the MinuteClinic where they prescribed an ointment for conjunctivitis and said to use a warm compress.  My eye is still dark, puffy, with some pain.

It is time for a: visit with your doctor. The discoloration and puffiness mentioned raises some concern but even more so the associated pain. It is necessary to check for problems involving the deeper tissues of the eye and or the sinuses. Take care. ...Read more

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Are inflammed eyes a sign of infection elsewhere in the body ( I don't have conjunctivitis)?

Are inflammed eyes a sign of infection elsewhere in the body ( I don't have conjunctivitis)?

Not necessarily: Unless you have an abscessed tooth, or have a cavernous sinus issue in which the eye can be involved. Routinely, the answer would be, 'No'. Have your PCP involved to checking this out for you in person. Nothing beats an in person office visit. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to treat constant itchy, leaky eyes that didn't respond to conjunctivitis drops but only seemed to get more irritated and itchy after each use?

Itchy eyes : This condition is most likely allergic in nature and will repond well to cold compresses and anti allegy drops (such as zatidor over the counter). Do not use visine or clear eyes. ...Read more

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Is it possible that conjunctivitis, after it was treated, to leave eye damage?I can't see as clear as i could when i look far away with my left eye...

Is it possible that conjunctivitis, after it was treated, to leave eye damage?I can't see as clear as i could when i look far away with my left eye...

Not likely: Conjunctivitis is largely an infection of the lining of the eye rather than the seeing parts of the eye. When over, these revert to normal. However I have a number of patients with minor eyeglass needs who were not aware of this prior to their conjunctivitis - who when thinking about their eyes afterwards note a need for eyeglasses and attribute it to the infection when it was there before. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye (conjunctivitis), what happens if I don't get treatment?

Not to worry: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. Almost all clear without treatment.If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go back to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more