- 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.
- (1) Abelson MB, Leung S. The Many Faces of Chlamydial Infection The two ocular infections caused by C. trachomatis and how we can combat them. Rev Ophth 2008;15:04
Last reviewed 03/2022