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Terramycin ophthalmic ointment can cure eye stye?

Terramycin ophthalmic ointment can cure eye stye?

Warm Compresses: A stye, or chalazion, is an obstructed or infected oil gland of the eyelid. Use of warm compresses (a wash rag soaked in warm water) held over the closed eye for 10 minutes a few times a day will usually help the stye to resolve. Sometimes antibiotic eye ointment and less commonly oral antibiotics can help as well. If the stye has been there chronically (months), surgical drainage may be needed. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more


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Can I use synthomycine 5% (chloramphenicol 5%) eye ointment for a stye? How do I use it?

Can I use synthomycine 5% (chloramphenicol 5%) eye ointment for a stye? How do I use it?

Not helpful: Topical antibiotics will not penetrate a stye. The best treatment for a stye is very warm compresses applied for 5 minutes every 2-3 hours while awake. This almost always gets rid of them. ...Read more

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Taking bacitracin ophthalmic ointment for a stye. What are normal side effects? My eye gets slightly irritated/itchy is that normal?

Taking bacitracin ophthalmic ointment for a stye. What are normal side effects? My eye gets slightly irritated/itchy is that normal?

Not effective: Bacitracin, a good antibiotic for open skin wounds, will not penetrate into a stye which is a closed system. The best treatment is frequent applications of very warm (not hot) pads or washcloth for 4 minutes about 5 times per day. Although very uncommon, you could develop an allergy to Bacitracin as well. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my child's stye if warm compresses and the eye ointment didn't work?

How do I get rid of my child's stye if warm compresses and the eye ointment didn't work?

Needs consultation: Any child with a persistent stye or chalazion needs a consultation with an ophthalmologist to determine the underlying reason. "Styes" generally develop in response to chronic eyelid gland inflammation. Treatment is aimed at not only treating the stye but preventing future problems as well. In extreme cases, styes may develop into cellulitis or skin infection requiring more intense treatment. ...Read more

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I am on a topical antibiotic for my eye. I have now developed 2 styes, same eye. The stye on my lower lid has a swollen pouch under it, what is it?

I am on a topical antibiotic for my eye. I have now developed 2 styes, same eye. The stye on my lower lid has a swollen pouch under it, what is it?

Compress: Try to use warm compress and don't touch ur eye without washing your hands. Keep using topical antibiotics, if doing this for 48 hours doesn't show any improvement or if it is getting worse than see a doc. ...Read more

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I am having frequent eye styes in both eyes every month also having eye allergy from 10 years. Using antibiotic. What is the permanent solution for it?

I am having frequent eye styes in both eyes every month also having eye allergy from 10 years. Using antibiotic. What is the permanent solution for it?

Eye doctor + Allergist: You need both, frequent styes could be related to allergies, but we need to make sure first you have the right sight / corrective lenses, and free from any other eye disease, as for the allergist, would make sure as well you truly have allergies, identify the offending agents, gives you the right allergy medicine, possibly starts you on specific immunotherapy, good luck ...Read more

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I have blepharitis, I take good care of my lids. I am on an oral antibiotic, sinus, and a topical 4 eye. Using both 4 a week, and yet developed 2 stye?

I have blepharitis, I take good care of my lids. I am on an oral antibiotic, sinus, and a topical 4 eye. Using both 4 a week, and yet developed 2 stye?

Blepharitis: The best oral antibiotics to help severe blepharitis are doxycycline, or tetracycline. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to treat this blepharitis, yet you are still getting styes. Make sure you talk to your eye doctor about your lid cleaning techniques, and what you are using as well to clean your lids. There are various ways to treat this. Keep regular follow up. ...Read more

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Was prescribed antibiotic eye ointment that I have to use 4 times a day. Can i still wear eye make up while using this?

Was prescribed antibiotic eye ointment that I have to use 4 times a day. Can i still wear eye make up while using this?

No: In addition, you should discard any eye makeup you have used since the infection started. It is likely contaminated. ...Read more

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Can you use antibiotic eye ointment on your skin?

Can you use antibiotic eye ointment on your skin?

Yes: If you get a skin lesion you are convinced is due to bacterial infection, and have available an appropriate antibiotic eye ointment, it can be effective on the skin. ...Read more

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I cannot put my antibiotic eye ointment on, what to do?

I cannot put my antibiotic eye ointment on, what to do?

Technique: Looking in a mirror, pull your lower lid outward forming a cup. Place the ointment in that cup. Then pull your lower lid over the front of your eye and close your eyes to spread the ointment. You can also have someone assist you. It gets easier with practice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do my wrists itch so much? Had a baby 12 days ago c section. Have had unusual allergic reactions to anticoagulant and antibiotic eye ointment

Why do my wrists itch so much? Had a baby 12 days ago c section. Have had unusual allergic reactions to anticoagulant and antibiotic eye ointment

Itching: Your itching is related to your allergic reactions., even 12 days ago. Should go away with time. Allergist might help. ...Read more

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After using compress on upper eyelid stye some blood came out. Is this normal? I started antibiotic ointment yesterday. How should I proceed?

After using compress on upper eyelid stye some blood came out. Is this normal? I started antibiotic ointment yesterday. How should I proceed?

Possible: As long as your sty is resolving and the pain lessening, I would continue the hot compresses & lid massages. Sometimes a little bleeding can result if the sty has broken through the gland into the adjacent capillaries (like a pimple). But, if no umprovement with your treatment or if worsening, have it checked out by an ophthalmologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will the pus from a stye drain out with the triple antibiotic ointment or will that make it worse?

Will the pus from a stye drain out with the triple antibiotic ointment or will that make it worse?

Little effect: Styes are best treated with frequent applications of very warm wet washcloths. Antibiotics will not penetrate and will make little difference. Use the heat at least 5 times per day for 4-5 minutes at a time. ...Read more

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Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment on a stye on my eye? It is on my eyelid, I have some people saying I can and some saying not to use it.

Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment on a stye on my eye? It is on my eyelid, I have some people saying I can and some saying not to use it.

Not advised : Only ophthalmic bacitracin is ph balanced for the eye. Using topical antibiotic created for the skin near your eye could cause significant stinging and even a corneal abrasion if it were to get into the eye. ...Read more

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Aside from surgery is there other medical treatment for stye and chalzion. Because my eye inflammation last for 3 months and did'nt cure when putting ointment. And I am so scared to have a surgery, is there other medical treatment for chalzion or stye

Aside from surgery is there other medical treatment for stye and chalzion. Because my eye inflammation last for 3 months and did'nt cure when putting ointment. And I am so scared to have a surgery, is there other medical treatment for chalzion or stye

Warm : Warm commpresses and lid massage can help, but the use of a tetracycline antibiotic can sometimes help as well--talk to your ophthamologist about this. If you do need to have it excised, your doctor will completely numb it first and it is usually done from the inner side of the lid--you should not feel a thing and there will be no visible scar. ...Read more

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Anyone with a stye like thing on your eye during pregnancy. It is a small red lump/spot near my tear duct. I've been prescribed fusidic acid ointment?

Anyone with a stye like thing on your eye during pregnancy. It is a small red lump/spot near my tear duct. I've been prescribed fusidic acid ointment?

Warm compresses: Several times a day.
May need antibiotics or lancing if not improving quickly.
Most open and drain- blocked follicle. Like a zit on the lid. ...Read more

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Is erythromycin ointment safe for someone who is allergic to keflex/penicillin? Also, if using for eye infection/stye, do I apply it inside my eye?

Yes and probably: Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. It is not related to the penecillins nor cephalosporins to which you had allergies. There should be no cross reactivity. The standard treatment for stye is heat and compression (squeezing) then surgical incision and drainage if initial therapy is unsuccessful. If a patient has an eye infection with discharge, the antibiotic ointment goes inside the eyelid. ...Read more

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I don't have any signs of blepharitis but I keep having recurring styes in both my eyes. Could it be an infection?

I don't have any signs of blepharitis but I keep having recurring styes in both my eyes. Could it be an infection?

Maybe: Could also be related to an oil your body can't digest...like peanut oil. Suggest moist heat compresses and digestive enzymes. Then an ophthalmologist. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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Can't go to the doctor. Is there anything I can use to help cure the stye eye?

Hot compresses: Use hot tap water, very hot, but careful not to burn yourself. Use for 5 to 10 minutes, 4 times a day until gone. If does not go away, you might want to have it removed. If increased swelling or pain, you might need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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My eye stye hasn't gone for 2 months, could it be a chalazion? What are the options for me to get rid of it?

Could be: After two months it's worth seeing your ophthalmologist about what it is and your options to get rid of it. ...Read more

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My left eye is watery, red, and hurts. It feels like there is something in it but I don't see anything. Could I have a stye?

My left eye is watery, red, and hurts. It feels like there is something in it but I don't see anything. Could I have a stye?

Eye infected: A red eye with pain is typically infected. Most likely it's a viral infection of the top of the eye-the conjunctiva or a bacterial infection of the eyelid-a "stye." less likely causes are inflammation inside the eye (iritis or uveitis) or an acute glaucoma (high pressure in the eye). You need to see you eye doctor to make the correct diagnosis and receive the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a stye eye in my eyes I don't know what to do.is growing. Please is dangerous? Let me know I'm afraid to go to the doctor.

Hi. I have a stye eye in my eyes I don't know what to do.is growing. Please is dangerous? Let me know I'm afraid to go to the doctor.

Try this:: You can treat a stye and usually cure it by the application of heat. Use very warm, not hot compresses placed over the lids for 4 minutes at a time at least 5 times per day. This will eliminate most styes over a 3-5 day interval. If persistent after that it might be something else needing the attention of an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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On my lower eyelid where that tiny hole is, it's swollen & red, the redness is spreading down my face. Should i be worried? I think I have a stye but I don't know, I have had them before

It : It may be a stye, because there are glands near that 'hole' which is the entrance to your tear drain system. Or it may be an infection of the lacrimal (tear drainage) system. Hot compresses will help both, but if it gets worse in the next 24-48 hours, you should see an ophthalmologist for treatment. Antibiotic drops with a little steroid mixed in works well for both of these problems.

If medical treatment does not work, in-office minor procedures can be done for both problems. ...Read more

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Have had a stye for 3 months, greatly improved but still very noticeable, doesn't hurt but is very ugly, y can't I wear contacts? It doesn't hurt my eye when I eat contacts but I'm wondering if it makes my eye worse.

Chalazion: Your stye has probably transposed into a chalazion- a cystic nodule in the lid where the stye once was. This can be removed in an office procedure by your ophthalmologist. In the meantime, there is no reason why you cannot wear contact lenses as they will not aggravate or cause a stye ...Read more

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What is the preferred antibiotic for a stye that won't go away after a couple of weeks?

What is the preferred antibiotic for a stye that won't go away after a couple of weeks?

Primary aid is heat: Frequent warm compresses applied to the area involved will improve blood flow and hasten the localisation & drainage thru the outer or inner eyelid surface. An antibiotic drop or ointment with anti-staph activity like sulfacetamide, erythromucin or Bacitracin is applied at regular intervals. Failure to respond over a week or so may indicate need for incision & drainage. Ck with your dr. ...Read more

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The inner corner of my eye is swollen, painful and hurts when I blink. I've researched and everythings coming up as a stye but it doesn't look like one?

The inner corner of my eye is swollen, painful and hurts when I blink. I've researched and everythings coming up as a stye but it doesn't look like one?

Eyelid pain: You may have a cyst in one of the eyelid glands or even a stone or blockage in a tear duct
try a warm compress or visit your family doctor if there is redness or discharge ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. ...Read more