Erythromycin

Erythromycin is a type of antibiotic used alone or combined with benzoyl to control acne or other skin bacterial infections.

It comes as a topical gel, a pledget (swab) or topical liquid applied directly to the skin. Erythromycin should be applied twice or three times a day, after cleaning the infected areas with mild soap and warm water.

The treatment normally takes 8 to 12 weeks before its effects are noticeable.

Side effects from Erythromycin are not common. However one of the following may occur: skin redness, dryness, the feeling of peeling, burning, stinging or itching.

Erythromycin is sometimes used to treat other conditions, as prescribed by your doctor.

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