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Treatment includes:

  • oral erythromycin to prevent systemic chlamydial infection, systemic doxycycline or a single oral dose of azithromycin (1)
  • chlortetracycline eye ointment if severe conjunctivitis

Infants are treated with erythromycin ophthalmic ointment for a week and oral erythromycin or azithromycin for 2-3 weeks (1).


  • systemic tetracyclines should not be given to pregnant women or children under 12 years of age
  • if applicable, the patient's sexual partner should be examined and treated

The average duration of inclusion conjunctivitis following treatment is reduced from 3-9 months or longer, to an average of 5 months.


Last reviewed 03/2022