How to use erythromycin ointment


Erythromycin ointment is used to treat infectious and pustular skin diseases, including juvenile acne. Also, the drug is used for the treatment of infectious lesions of soft tissues: burns II-III degree, pressure sores, trophic ulcers and infected wounds. Ophthalmic Erythromycin Ointment is indicated for such diseases as conjunctivitis, including in newborns, ophthalmia, barley, keratitis, trachoma, and bacterial blepharitis.

Instructions for use

Erythromycin ointment should be applied to the affected skin with a thin layer. In the treatment of purulent diseases, before applying the ointment, it is necessary to remove pus and necrotic masses from the skin and soft tissues. In the treatment of acne and purulent lesions ointment should be used 1-2 times a day, in the treatment of burns the drug should be applied 2-3 times a week. In this case, the period of use of the drug is determined by the severity of the disease.Thus, a course of therapy can last from several days to 2 weeks, in some cases up to 3 months.
If another anti-acne drug is used at the same time as an erythromycin ointment, it can be applied no earlier than 1 hour after using the ointment. If there is no visible result after 2-3 weeks of acne treatment, you should consult a doctor. In some cases, in the treatment of acne for complete recovery is necessary to use the drug for 2-3 months.
In the treatment of eye diseases, a special form of erythromycin ointment is used. The drug in the amount of 0.2-0.3 g lay in the upper or lower eyelid. When trachoma eye ointment is used 4-5 times a day, with other eye diseases - 3 times a day. The course of therapy lasts up to 4 months.


Erythromycin ointment should not be used in case of hypersensitivity to its components. With the use of the drug may manifest side effects in the form of allergic reactions - irritation, redness, itching. Long-term therapy may provoke the development of secondary infections caused by microorganisms resistant to erythromycin.
In the treatment of acne, the simultaneous use of erythromycin ointment and abrasive cosmetics (scrubs) can cause skin irritation, flaking and excessive dryness. In this regard, before starting treatment it is worth consulting with a cosmetologist or a dermatologist about the safety and feasibility of using any cosmetics.

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