What are treatments for canaliculitis treated?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Bobak Zonnoor , MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Treatments for this disorder include the following:

  • Concretion removal with gentle pressure using a cotton swab

  • Warm compresses

  • Irrigation with penicillin solution - To be performed by an ophthalmologist

  • Systemic antibiotics - Usually penicillin or amoxicillin for 1-2 weeks

  • Topical antibiotics - Bacitracin or erythromycin; this rarely achieves complete resolution, due to the inability of antibiotics to penetrate concretions

  • Canaliculotomy with curettage - Considered the definitive treatment


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