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.