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Doctor insights on: Polymyxin B Sulfate And Trimethoprim Ophthalmic

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Can polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution work?

Can polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution work?

Depends on diagnosis: Trade name is polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) and depends on what you are treating. It's an older generation antibiotic used often in conjunctivitis and other eye infections. It can be useful for susceptible bacterial infections.

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Is polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution USP used for styes?

Is polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution USP used for styes?

Not usually: Antibiotics are generally ineffective for treatment of stye or chalazion, which are caused by blockage of oil ducts, not by infection. The best treatment for stye is warm compresses and lid scrubs with baby shampoo to unblock the oil gland and allow it to drain.

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Polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution for ears?

Not effective: Topical medications for the eyes are formulated differently than medications for the ear, and may not penetrate properly or may irritate. Eye drops are for eyes and not ears and vice-versa.

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Is a rash on the chest a sign of an allergic reaction to Polymyxin B Sulfate and Trimethoprim Ophthalmic Solution?

Is a rash on the chest a sign of an allergic reaction to Polymyxin B Sulfate and Trimethoprim Ophthalmic Solution?

Unlikely: It's unlikely that the ophthalmic eye solution caused the rash on the chest. The medication is not systemic. Please see you doctor for the rash.

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Can I use Polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic for an ear infection?

Can I use Polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic for an ear infection?

Inner vs Outer: If this an inner ear infection then the antibiotic ointment will not be helpful. I recommend making an appointment with your PCP or an ENT to see if you have an infection. If you have already been diagnosed with 'otitis media' commonly referred to as an inner ear infection then the ointment will not help. Good luck to you

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I got conjunctivitis (not severe, just beginning), how long would it be until the redness goes away on trimethoprim polymyxin B ophthalmic eye drops.?

I got conjunctivitis (not severe, just beginning), how long would it be until the redness goes away on trimethoprim polymyxin B ophthalmic eye drops.?

CONJUNCTIVITIS: Conjunctivitis is very contagious with your symptoms it sounds more bacterial than allergic. Redness tends to resolve in 1-3dys. You can add in ZYRTEC (cetirizine) &PATANOL DROPS to cover any allergic component.

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If I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) in eye last month and got pink eye again this month I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) again would that be considered prolonged use?

If I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) in eye last month and got pink eye again this month I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) again would that be considered prolonged use?

No: However, recurrent eye infections should make you wonder why this is happening. If you are a contact lens user, perhaps there is a problem with your lens hygiene. Also, this time of year allergic conjunctivitis is common and can simulate or bring on infection. Finally, be sure to clean your eyelashes and lids daily with a washcloth and warm water.

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Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim treat stye?

No: Styes are not infections. Those are antibiotics. This is a common misconception. Warm compresses are the main treatment for styes.

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My two year old was treated with polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim. He developed hives all over within five hours. What caused this?

My two year old was treated with polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim. He developed hives all over within five hours. What caused this?

Many causes of hives: A 2 year old with hives 5 hours after taking polymyxin and trimethoprim. Hives most commonly occur in kids because of an underlying viral infection. If there is an allergy to a medication, the hives would usually occur within 30 min to an hour after ingestion. The hives could have been related to either medication. See pediatrician or allergist if not resolving with antihistamines

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is polymyxin b sulfate trimethoprim used for?

Infection: These are antibiotics used to treat or prevent infection

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My 2 yr old is on polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim antibiotics eye drop if we don't finish it will it cause a super infection later?

Should use till: It is gone unless directed otherwise by your doctor. If you stop early the infection may not be eradicated and will flair up off the antibiotic.

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Does polymyxin b trimethoprim cure a stye?

Does polymyxin b trimethoprim cure a stye?

No: A stye is usually not an infection but a tender swelling of a gland in the eyelid. Also called a chalazion. The treatment is warm compresses and sometimes injection or excision with surgery. Drops and ointments don't much but occasionally I would use a topical antibiotic but it would not be polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim).

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Can polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) be used on a baby?

Can polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) be used on a baby?

Depends on age: "safety and effectiveness [of polytrim] in children below the age of 2 months have not been established" according to drugs. Com.

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Does polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) have sulfa in it?

Does polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) have sulfa in it?

No: This is an antibiotic drop with two agents in it, neither of which is a sulfa.

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Is it possible for me to use polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) ophth soln on a sty?

A stye: Is not infectious. Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) will not help this. Use hot compresses on the eye for 10 minutes at a time and repeat as often as you can during the day. This will eventually cause the stye to get smaller.

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Does polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) contain sulfa?

Does polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) contain sulfa?

Sulfates not sulfa: Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) contains sulfates. A patient history of allergic reaction to sulfa drugs should not exclude polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) as a treatment. There seems to be no correlation between trimethoprim sulfate and sulfa sensitivity. However, one can be allergic to anything. Check with your treating doctor.

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