Erythromycin is used for the treatment of patients with conjunctivitis and hordeolums, but there is an untapped use. When I suture the faces of kids or those with special needs or perform a facial laceration repair, I prescribe erythromycin ointment. It is safe for the eyes (where bacitracin is not) and surrounding tissue, so I educate my patients that if it happens to get into the eye, it is okay. Parents and family members are happy!— DARIA CANALE, MSN, FNP-BC, CRNP, Philadelphia, Pa. (208-7)
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