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What is the name of the antibiotic eye drops used to treat pink eye?

What is the name of the antibiotic eye drops used to treat pink eye?

Multiple choices: Many topical antibiotics are used regularly, including: sulfacetamide sodium, gentamicin, tobramycin, erythromycin ointment, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, trimethoprim-sulfmethoxizole, and so on. Pink-eye may be bacterial, but also can be viral, allergic, or due to another cause. Only a qualified ophthalmologist can tell the right cause and appropriate treatment. See an eyeMD. ...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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Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot? .

Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot? .

During: During the course of response to an infection the eyes will become red from dilated blood vessels responding to the inciting agent. Any use of drops to get rid of the red may at times irritate and burn the eye more on application and may have a contra-effect. I recommend using less irritating preservative-free artificial tears such as refresh to help improve the redness. This will be a slow but less irritating process. ...Read more

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How long is pink eye contagious when using an antibiotic?

How long is pink eye contagious when using an antibiotic?

Discharge: 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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How long is pink eye contagious after starting antibiotic?

Viral or bacterial?: If your pink eye issue to a bacterial infection, you should no longer be considered contagious after 24-48 hours after starting the antibiotic drops. If, however, your pink eye is due to viral infection, you are likely to be contagious for as long as you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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How long after starting antibiotic is pink eye contagious?

How long after starting antibiotic is pink eye contagious?

It Depends: If the pink eye is caused by bacteria and the drops have effective antibiotics, then it is thought 24-48 hrs eliminates the contagion. Since the drops are ineffective for viral pink eye, as long as the eye is red, the infection is probably contagious. ...Read more

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My boyfriends eye is pink and irritated and three kids had pink eye when he was around but were on antibiotic can he still get it?

My boyfriends eye is pink and irritated and three kids had pink eye when he was around but were on antibiotic can he still get it?

Yes he can: Most likely because the pink eye was actually viral and the antibiotics were not able to treat it. There are no treatments for viral infections - it just takes time to go away. He should probably see his doctor or urgent care today or tomorrow to find out if an antibiotic eye drop is necessary. In the meantime - warm compresses and Naphcon-A eye drops. ...Read more

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I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible. Normal to take this long to get better?

I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible. Normal to take this long to get better?

Yes.: Pink eye is usually viral and takes it normal run of 10 days. People panic and change drs. The lucky dr sees u on day 7 or 8 and no matter what he or she prescribes you will be well in 48 hrs and the dr. Becomes a hero. Stick with the original doctor call him and let him know how you are progressing. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pink eye Wednesday. I'm going on 4 days of antibiotic drops. My symptoms have went down much. It isn't as itchy but it is still v?

I was diagnosed with pink eye Wednesday. I'm going on 4 days of antibiotic drops. My symptoms have went down much. It isn't as itchy but it is still v?

Virus? Allergy?: Many cases of conjunctivitis (pink eye) are due to viruses or allergy, especially if in both eyes at once. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infecitons. They often are tried in conjunctivitis, but frequently don't help. Check back with the doctor treating you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use antibiotic eye drops if I think I have pink eye?

Have an exam: Probably not prudent to use old bottle of drops, or drops intended for another person, to treat what you may believe is "pinkeye". Old bottles may be contaminated or expired. Some of the preparations have steroids in them, and you can cause some serious damage if you are potentially treating the wrong condition. Best to be examined by an eye md for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...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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How long after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?

How long after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?

After you stop drops: Finish the course of antibiotic drops as prescribed. If your symptoms are gone at that point, you can wear makeup. You may want to consider buying new makeup, since that may have been the source! ...Read more

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My 2.5 year old has pink eye and was prescribed antibiotic drops. When can she return to daycare?

My 2.5 year old has pink eye and was prescribed antibiotic drops. When can she return to daycare?

Please see below.: Usually, she would be able to return to day care 24 hours after starting the antibiotic drops. Please be sure to use them the way the Dr. Prescribed, including the full number of days, to ensure that the infection will be cleared completely. ...Read more

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Pink eye? My son (15 years old) had what we believe to be pink eye. He took antibiotic drops for the seven days. The next day it came back. He was then give a script for a steroid drops. He has been taking that for 6 days. That eye is becoming pink again a

Pink eye? My son (15 years old) had what we believe to be pink eye. He took antibiotic drops for the seven days. The next day it came back. He was then give a script for a steroid drops. He has been taking that for 6 days. That eye is becoming pink again a

Pink: Pink eyes are usually a consequence of viral infections. The approach of treating with antibiotics will not treat the condition, but may help prevent a secondary bacterial infection. The fact that the conditioned recurred and is associated with body rashes is suggestive of other causes. One additional consideration is allergies. If your son has a history of allergies then the steroid drops will benefit the eye condition but not clear the rash. I would continue to follow closely with the eye specialist and discuss the possibility of allergies. ...Read more

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A doctor diagnosed me with pink eye gave me drops and antibiotic yesterday. It is still swollen shut and very red. Is this normal?

Depends: Conjunctivitis may be viral, bacterial, allergic and traumatic or other. Even if the drops given were appropriate the inflammatory process may not yet had enough time to recede. If you were not seen by an ophthalmologist, go back and see one now. Vision can be lost quickly and can be irretrievable if the diagnosis and treatment were not correct. Hope you clear up and feel better soon. Best. ...Read more

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I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

After treatment: The best thing is to wait until the infection is completely clear, and the antibiotics are finished. You may need to replace your eye make up as well. If you were using it when you got the infection, bacteria may have contaminated the eye make-up. Using it again may re-infect your eyes. ...Read more

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Have pinkeye for week now. Bit red, itchy, greeny goop, eye lid swelling. Using antibiotic drops. My cheek is now red same side as pink eye. Related?

Have pinkeye for week now. Bit red, itchy, greeny goop, eye lid swelling. Using antibiotic drops. My cheek is now red same side as pink eye. Related?

Yes: If you have conjunctivitis that is sensitive to the antibiotic you are taking, the inflammation should be gone by 1 week. If it is not, stop the antibiotic and see your doctor. If the inflammation got better and is now getting worse, you are reacting to the medication. Take a close up photo of your eye and stop the medication. See your ophthalmologist ASAP. ...Read more

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I have been taking metronidazole 500 mg for 3 days I have been prescribed antibiotic drops for pink eye. Is it safe to use at the same time?

I have been taking metronidazole 500 mg for 3 days I have been prescribed antibiotic drops for pink eye. Is it safe to use at the same time?

Yes: The eye drops are topical and not absorbed by your body. Neither medication should interfere with the other. You can take both safely. ...Read more

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Eye Problem, Accidentally have been using antibiotic tobramycin "pink eye" drops for general dry/allergy eye issues - Can this hurt my eyes?

Eye Problem, Accidentally have been using antibiotic tobramycin "pink eye" drops for general dry/allergy eye issues - Can this hurt my eyes?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that the drops you put in your eye will lead to any problem, as it is meant for the eye. It certainly won't help your allergy symptoms, but it shouldn't cause any harm. The most common side effects of Gentamicin eye drops are stinging, burning, redness or temporary blurred vision. ...Read more

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Doc thinks viral pink-eye b/c caught cough from older sister and runny nose. Gave eye antibiotic b/c lot of eye mucus. Why did eyes improve on erythro?

Doc thinks viral pink-eye b/c caught cough from older sister and runny nose. Gave eye antibiotic b/c lot of eye mucus. Why did eyes improve on erythro?

Anti-inflammatory: Interestingly, these antibiotics do not only act through microbe-killing action. Macrolide antibiotics like azithromycin, erythromycin and clarithromycin inhibit inflammation. They've been shown to inhibit "messengers" such as leukotrienes, tnf-alpha and interferons to name a few. Thus, there is a therapeutic effect of macrolides in viral infections, but we should not use antibiotics carelessly. ...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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Is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) Antibiotic drops for external eye/ear infections, such as Pink Eye ok to take at 38 weeks pregnant?

It's probably safe: Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops are considered "class C" during pregnancy, which basically means that there is not enough good data in the medical literature to say whether it is harmful or safe.
That being said, the systemic absorbtion of topical drops applied to the eye/ear is fairly low (meaning very little will actually make it into the blood stream), which makes harm to the fetus unlikely. ...Read more

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I am on my 5th of 7 day of pink eye anitbiotic. My eyes are no longer red but I have 2 days left. Can I start wearing make up on the 7th day?

Okay to for day 7: Okay to start wearing makeup on the seventh day. However might be prudent to purchase fresh mascara, eye liner and eye shadow in case your old eye makeup is contaminated with the bacteria that caused your pink eye. ...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


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more