• Do stye antibiotics come in ointment or tablet form?


    Question:

    I read that erythromycin or bacitracin antibiotics are sometimes prescribed for styes. Are they ointments or tablets?


    Answer:

    Mild to moderate styes are usually treated with topical antibiotic drops or ointments, such as erythromycin and bacitracin. Tablets are usually not used. Warm compresses are often applied to the eyelid for 10 to 15 minutes prior to the use of the topical medication. Your ophthalmologist might also prescribe oral antibiotics if your entire eyelid is swollen, red, and painful, which happens in a small number of cases. You must never squeeze a stye the way some people try to "pop" a pimple. This could cause the infection in the eyelid to spread across the entire eyelid and into the surrounding tissue.


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