Which medications in the drug class Topical antibiotic ointments are used in the treatment of Adult Blepharitis?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: R Scott Lowery, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Topical antibiotic ointments

Useful in targeting offending pathogens, usually Staphylococcus aureus (and possibly other Staphylococcus, Propionibacterium, Demodex, and Pityrosporum species, which chronically infect the lashes); the mechanism of action seems to be reduction of staphylococcal lipase production more than actual bacterial elimination.

Erythromycin ophthalmic (E-Mycin)

Erythromycin ointment is applied to lid margins with a clean vector, such as a cotton swab or a clean fingertip, after crusting and debris have been removed with gentle cleansing or scrubbing.

Bacitracin ophthalmic (Bacitracin Ophthalmic Ointment)

Bacitracin ointment is also applied to lid margins with a clean vector, such as a cotton swab or a clean fingertip, after crusting and debris have been removed with gentle cleansing or scrubbing. 


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