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I have a stye on each eye and a friend of mine told me to wash my eye with baby shampoo. Does that work?
No: A study was done looking at efficacy of various treatments for stye (a nonmedical term for chalazion/hordeolum). The only effective treatment was warm compresses. Sometimes baby shampoo has been recommended for blepharitis, but unless done right, its not recommended as it may irritate the eye further. Typically, if the chalazion isn't improved after a month, incision and drainage may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I seem to be getting frequent eye styes, despite good eye lid hygiene. (using baby shampoo to wash lids twice daily and stopped using makeup). ideas?
Blocked glands: You likely have a skin condition which is leading to blockages of the glands in the eyelids (blepharitis). These blockages lead to the styes that you see. An ophthalmologist would be able to tell you if your eyelids have any tendency toward getting these styes, and offer you specific suggestions. Some people benefit from chronic lid hygeine or even oral medicines to prevent chronic styes. ...Read more
Blepharitis: Most likely you have blepharitis. See an ophthalmologist for management of this chronic condition. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
A few options: Stye is commonly used to describe a chalazion, an inflammed meibomian gland of the eyelid. A chalazion that has recently developed can be treated with warm compresses and possibly oral and/or topical antibiotics. A long-standing chalazion may need an incision and drainage from an ophthalmologist. I recommend an eye exam to determine the best treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Warm compress: I tell my patients to get a damp wash cloth and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Test it on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Place warm compress the closed eyelid for about5-10 minutes and re-heating as necessary. ...Read more