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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

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...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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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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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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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 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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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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If im using antibiotic ointment for pink eye is it still contagious?

If im using antibiotic ointment for pink eye is it still contagious?

Yes! Highly so.: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away any discharge, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. When you wash your face and eyes, use a white hand towel to dry then bleach the towel. Change and wash your pillow cases daily. Sanitize your door knobs and purse to help prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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I have ointment for my son's pink eye, how often do I apply it, since its been so long since he has had it I forgot how often to apply it?

Depends: It depends on what medicine is in the ointment. Pink eye is most often viral and does not require treatment. If it is bacterial then most commonly antibiotic eye drops would be recommended. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Ive had pink eye now for four days being on eye drops and ointments and still nothing has changed with my eye. What should I do?

Ive had pink eye now for four days being on eye drops and ointments and still nothing has changed with my eye. What should I do?

Viral or allergic?: The two most common reasons for pink eye to resist treatment are 1. if they are viral, then most drops are ineffective or 2. if the problem is allergic, then antibiotics will not be effective (you may also be allergic to your treatment). Go back to your eyecare professional and clarify which of these you have. ...Read more

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I'm 5 months pregnant & have pink eye. Dr prescribed erythromycin ointment. She says it's safe for pregnancy. Is it the safest?

I'm 5 months pregnant & have pink eye. Dr prescribed erythromycin ointment. She says it's safe for pregnancy.  Is it the safest?

Yes: Erythromycin is safe to use to infant and pregnant woman. If you have pink eye its viral conjunctivitis, you may not need the antibiotic for it. Time will take care of it. Just wash your eye with cold water or put cold compressors. ...Read more

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I cannot get the prescribed erythromycin ointment into my toddler's eye for pink eye, if I can get it on the eyelid will that help?

Eye meds: Put a finger or thumb about an inch or so below the eye and tug the skin down. That will open a shelf within the eyelid where you can put the med.The kids normal blinking will spread the ointment. Kids and adults all have problems if you try to put stuff directly into the eye.Good luck. ...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