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Doctor insights on: Using Erythromycin To Treat Pink Eye

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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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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?

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

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Eryc Delayed Release (Definition)

Eryc delayed release is a macrolide which is a kind of anti-bacterial ...Read more