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should i take my scab off from my stye

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Trying to figure out: Why a stye would have a scab. May wish to see an othalmologist.

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A member asked:
Dr. Sheron Marshall
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Don't pick it!: Try soaking the area with a warm washcloth. The scab should eventually loosen up and fall off. If there is still drainage at the site, continue to soa ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
49 years experience Ophthalmology
See ophthalmologist: A scab that won't go away can mean foreign body trapped that became infected, trapped eyelash, or even a low grade cancer. You need warm to hot bu ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
38 years experience Ophthalmology
Week or two: Most drained styes will have improved greatly within a few days, and be essentially resolved within a week. A few drained styes will have significant ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Not particularly: This far out(as in duration) you may want to review this with an opthalmologist. As sometimes these lesion take months to resolve on their own but co ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
8 years experience Ophthalmology
Compresses: Good warm compresses at least twice a day for2-3 minutes is the basic treatment of a stye.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Variable: Warm compresses usually has an effect after several days. If it lasts more than a couple of weeks with this treatment it may need some more invasive ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
30 years experience Ophthalmology
1-2 wks: I would give it approx 10 days. Keep up with the compresses. If it lasts more than 2 wks, then an ophthalmologist can give you extra help.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Warm compresses: A "stye, " a.K.A. Hordeolum, is a plugged oil gland in the eyelid, sort of like a pimple. Most of the time, it can be effectively treated with warm co ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends upon treat: This depends upon the location of the stye, the size and length of time it has been present, and the treatment that is given (heat, antibiotics) - a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Exon
47 years experience Pediatrics
Hordeolum: Usually resolves in 3-5 days. Warm compresses can be helpful in speeding up the process,

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