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Using Erythromycin To Treat Pink Eye
Most use 7-10d: Most pinkeye rx with this med is 7-10 days. ...Read more
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
I've been using Erythromycin ophthalmic for the past 4 days as a treatment for pink eye. How long should I continue to use it? My doctor didn't say.
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
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
2 1/2 yr old with pink eye. Prescribed erythromycin 3 times/day. Do I have to wake her to apply or can I do 8-noon-8?
Not usually: You might becoming sensitive to the ointment, particularly if you've used it for longer than 2 weeks. Although redness is common with conjunctivitis, it usually resolves after 2-3 weeks. Most are viral. If your other symptoms of the pink eye are resolved (discharge, mattering, discomfort, eyelid redness) you're ok to discontinue the erythromycin ointment. Trial preservative free artificial tears. ...Read more
I got prescribed erythromycin ointment for my pink eye and I'm wondering how fast it will make my eye clear up? do I stay home from school
Probably you can go: But need to certain the diagnosis is clear. Did you see an ophthalmologist? You probably can go to school ...Read more
I'm 5 months pregnant & have pink eye. Dr prescribed erythromycin ointment. She says it's safe for pregnancy. Is it the safest?
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
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 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
Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if i don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?
I went to a minute clinic as well as called my doctor for conjunctivitis in one eye. They prescribed me two different treatments (tobramycin drops) and erythromycin ointment). Which should I take?
3-10 days: Almost all "pink eye" is due to one of 40 or so viruses. Each one has a time frame which varies from 3-10 days, so yours will take the amount of time in which it is a member. Treatment has no actual effect; most with this condition are given anti-bacterials as there is no specific anti-viral for these viruses, so treatment makes no difference. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Classic pink eye is a viral illness with a time frame of 3-8 days in most cases for the virus to be conquered and the eye to normalize. The redness will drop and disappear within these time frames depending upon which virus is the cause. There are other causes for eye redness so check in with your ophthalmologist for the best solution. ...Read more
I was given eye drops to treat pink eye, but my doc never told me how long to take them for. This is my 3rd day of treatment. How long should I?
Pink eye: This depends on the cause of the pink eye, bacterial pink eye requires antibiotic drops, viral pink eye requires antiviral drops, allergic pink eye may require Patanol (olopatadine) and or steroid drops, and dry eye pink eye requires appropriate wetting agents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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