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A 33-year-old member asked:

can you wear some mascara with a stye in your eye?

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Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
It's risky: You could but the stye is a sign your mascara reservoir could be harboring infectious bacteria. I would suggest you use hot packs consisting of a warm wash cloth or put a small potato in the microwave for one minute and then place that inside a wet wash cloth and put this on the stye for 10 minutes per day until the stye disappears. Alternatively, see an ophthalmogist for a prescription drop.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you care for a stye in your eye?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Warm Compresses: Warm compresses applied about 15 minutes on then off, 4 times a day, usually will help most simple stys. If not helping, see an eye doctor as one might need to have the lesion opened and they are the best doctors to take care of this. Antibiotics are generally only needed when a sty has turned into a more severe infection.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Can a stye in one eye cause it look smaller than the other eye?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Azhar Salahuddin
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: A stye pushing on the eye lids can make your eye seem smaller.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are stye eye treatments for?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Stye treatments: Stye treatments are used to unclog the offending oil gland, quiet any associated inflammation, and to decrease bacterial overgrowth.
A member asked:

What should you do if you have a stye in your eye and you 11 also about to go to school? I already tried putting a warm cloth.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ron Pelton
Facial Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
A : A stye is simply an inflamed oil gland in the eyelid. These are rarely infected and antibiotics usually don't help much. Warm compresses and gently massage help. Try putting a potato in the microwave for a couple of minutes and wrap a warm wet wash cloth around that. It will hold the heat longer than a wash cloth that was held under the hot water.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Stye on my upper eye waterline? Help?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
Warm Compresses: A stye is usually caused by a blocked oil gland on the eyelid. Treatment includes warm compresses and lid massage over the bump to encourage the stye to drain. You should visit your eye doctor who might also prescribe medication which can help. In some cases an injection of medication can be helpful, and in other more stubborn cases a drainage via a minor surgical procedure in the office is needed.

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