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  • Is there over the counter Ointment for Scratched Eyelid?


    Question:

    Is there any over-the-counter ointment that I can buy for a scratched eyelid caused by my eyeliner pencil? The eyelid is slightly swollen and the skin is dry and slightly flakey.


    Answer:

    A scratch to the eyelid is very similar to superficial injury to the skin anywhere on your body. Over-the-counter Polysporin, Neosporin or Bacitracin can be used as long as it contains nothing other than petroleum jelly and the antibiotic. No pain reducing substances or scar reducers should be present. A thin coat applied to your finger or Q-tip and then to the skin only twice per day until healed should help but please see an ophthalmologist if this worsens or does not resolve completely within two days.


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