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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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Can erythromycin opthalmic ointmnt be used for pink eye?

Can erythromycin opthalmic ointmnt be used for pink eye?

Yes: Yes, if you are allergic to other meds, it is also good for corneal abrasions. ...Read more

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Does erythromycin op treat pink eye?

Does erythromycin op treat pink eye?

Yes, but: A pink eye in adults is usually viral. Erythromycin is an antibiotic that is sometimes prescribed to prevent secondary infection. The viral pink eye has to run its 7-14 day course. ...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?

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?

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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After using erythromycin op for my pink eye it has gotten redder than before is this normal?

After using erythromycin op for my pink eye it has gotten redder than before is this normal?

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

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Can I use erythromycin and eye drops to get rid of pink eye faster?

Depends. . .: Yes if pink eye is due to bacteria sensitive to Erythromycin but no if pink eye is due to some other cause. That's why it's important to go see your family doc or optometrist for an evaluation and appropriate treatment. ...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 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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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

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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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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?

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?

Safe yes: Ointment is a little over kill, drops work just as well and do not blur the vision. Pink eye is self limited, meaning that without treatment it will resolve in 2 weeks. Treatment is given to shorten the course of infection. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye last with treatment?

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

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How long after you start treatment for pink eye will the redness go?

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

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What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

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 more

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What to do if I have pink eye: need an urgent home treatment?

Pink eye: Antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat bacterial pink eye. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). Allergic conjunctivitis may be treated with mast cell stabilizers or antihistamines. ...Read more

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Will treatment for strep throat also treat pink eye?

Will treatment for strep throat also treat pink eye?

Not really: Many viral infections result in varying degrees of ocular irritation and often times even conjunctivitis or pink eye. Usually, as the infection clears, the ocular symptoms subside. So, the tablets you take to help with the throat don't act directly on the pink eye. ...Read more

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I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

Nothing: Takes longer to recover. Sometimes can have subepithelial corneal infiltrates. Steroids may help to heal faster. Most often resolve on their own with time. ...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

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Are tetracaine hydrochloide eye drops helpful in the treatment for pink eye?

No: Tetracaine will only numb the eye. This can potentially obscure an underlying problem. ...Read more

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