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How long does it take for the swelling of the eye to go down because of a stye?

How long does it take for the swelling of the eye to go down because of a stye?

Several days: With diligent moderately hot compresses to stye followed by gentle massage of the stye will typically resolve it after 7-10 days. There will be redness ; superficial changes in the shin where the stye was for up to a few weeks. As long as the stye has reasonably regressed over this period without pain anymore, you generally will do fine. Sometes the stye has to be lanced, particularly if increased. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I have a stye inside of my eye on the waterline and it looks like it may pop. My contact does move around because of the swelling. What if it pops?

I have a stye inside of my eye on the waterline and it looks like it may pop. My contact does move around because of the swelling. What if it pops?

A atye: Can you see it? . A stye develops when an oil gland at the edge of an eyelid becomes infected. Resembling a pimple on the eyelid, a stye can grow on the inside or outside of the lid. The first signs are pain, redness, swelling and tenderness. After symptoms appear, a small pimple will develop in the affected area. Usually this is accompanied with a swollen eye. Wash the face and hands, do not squiz ...Read more

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I have a stye in my eye and its swollen what can I take to relieve the swelling its been two days? Is there anything over the counter?

I have a stye in my eye and its swollen what can I take to relieve the swelling its been two days? Is there anything over the counter?

Compresses: I would try very warm moist compresses (as warm as you can tolerate) for 15 minutes every few hours. That can help "draw out" the infection and swelling. Do not squeeze it or try to drain it yourself. If you've had it more than a few days or it's causing discomfort or vision problems, see your doctor who may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment. Ask a pharmacist for otc treatments. ...Read more

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I have swelling under eye in the bag area thought it was a stye but it's not on eyelid. This started yesterday and is painful to blink or touch.?

I have swelling under eye in the bag area thought it was a stye but it's not on eyelid. This started yesterday and is painful to blink or touch.?

Swelling of the skin: Inside the lid can be from many causes, but most commonly allergies and infection. If it is an allergic reaction then OTC allergy drops and cool compresses should be effective. If infectious then your ophthalmologist can diagnose it and treat it appropriately. ...Read more

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I've had painful red swelling in the bottom inner eyelid of my left eye for 3 days. I don't think it is a stye. What might it be/what can I do to help?

I've had painful red swelling in the bottom inner eyelid of my left eye for 3 days. I don't think it is a stye. What might it be/what can I do to help?

Eye problem: You MUST see an Eye specialist as soon as possible. If you cannot get in tomorrow I suggest you have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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I had stye in my eye which was painful and today I noticed swelling in my right neck beneath jaw & next to ear. The pain is increasing too. Connected?

I had stye in my eye which was painful and today I noticed swelling in my right neck beneath jaw & next to ear. The pain is increasing too. Connected?

Likely Connected: A sty represents an infection. The swelling you describe sounds like the lymph nodes in this area are responding to your infection. The job of a lymph node is to fight and prevent the spread of infection. You did not say if the swellings are on the same side as your sty; if they are then the swellings represent nodes. See an ophthalmologist ASAP as you need treatment. ...Read more

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My inner eye lid is swollen and painful. And the carunkle is painful when I blink. I don't see any thing that looks like a stye. How do I keep the swelling down. I don't have money to go to a doctor. What should I do?

My inner eye lid is swollen and painful. And the carunkle is painful when I blink. I don't see any thing that looks like a stye. How do I keep the swelling down. I don't have money to go to a doctor. What should I do?

Try hot compresses: The most common problems causing these symptoms are styes or chalazions. Both respond to hot compresses for 5-10 minutes followed by gentle cleaning of the eyelid margins with mild soap, like baby shampoo in warm water. Try this twice a day to start. ...Read more

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I have a suspected chalazion in my lower right eye lid. There is no pain, but is noticeable. I also have slight swelling in the lower lid. Current treatment has been similasan stye eye relief (homepathic) and an allergy eyedrop. I have allergies. A few we

I have a suspected chalazion in my lower right eye lid. There is no pain, but is noticeable. I also have slight swelling in the lower lid. Current treatment has been similasan stye eye relief (homepathic) and an allergy eyedrop. I have allergies. A few we

Often,: Often, a series of hot compresses during the day will work, with shorter duration for each compress. Many of my patients have success with 3 or 4 compresses, 5-10 minutes each session. The potato works well, some patients have mentioned that they have used a hard-boiled egg the same way. This holds heat longer than using a washcloth alone.

If this does not work within a week or so, then eye drops, or surgical removal will be successful. See your eye doctor if compresses fail! ...Read more

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Symptoms over the past few weeks. 2 infected styes on left eye, a sore on my lower lip (lip has swelling), bad head fog. HPV related?

Symptoms over the past few weeks. 2 infected styes on left eye, a sore on my lower lip (lip has swelling), bad head fog. HPV related?

Exam: Lower eyelid sores with a lip sore makes me think of herpes simplex disease, and an exam is definitely warranted right away. This combination would not be consistent with HPV. See an ophthalmologist for an exam. ...Read more

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Should there still be discharge after ten days? Two parts to my inquiry, may or may not be related: 10 days ago I woke up with swelling around the upper eyelid (near my nose) of my right eye. I went to the doctor and was told I had a stye, and was prescr

Should there still be discharge after ten days? Two parts to my inquiry, may or may not be related: 10 days ago I woke up with swelling around the upper eyelid (near my nose) of my right eye. I went to the doctor and was told I had a stye, and was prescr

I: I do not know your age, whether you have had any other eye problems, have dry eye, or if you wear contact lenses. A picture is often worth a 1000 words, but I will assume that the initial diagnosis is correct. Usually, a stye, if caught and treated early, will respond to warm (very warm, or as hot as tolerated) applied directly to the affected area for at least 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day. Antibiotics are often given as an umbrella--to cover for and decrease the bacterial count--and treat any lid problems (such as blepharitis, or dandruf of the eyelids) that may be contributing to the problem. In most cases, the stye will come to a "point" and drain a little pus-like material in a few days. That is when it is most important to take an antibiotic topical drop to decrease the bacteria that are released. However, steroid drops must be taken with great care, and monitored by an eye specialist closely because they can give a "false sense of improvement" and possibly allow a virus to activate in the cornea causing inflammation of the clear part of your (i.e. "viral keratitis") that can result in a permanent scar--or even perforation and severe infection of the inside of the eyeball itself! A stye is usually not active at 10 days! So there may be something else going on! Crusting should be gone by now unless you have an associated lid disease, or other problem (for example, dry eye), and I would try to get it checked out and stop using the steroid eye drops unless another eye doctor that has examined you personally has said it was ok. I hope this helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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The bottom of my right eye hurts. Its not swollen. I have no stye just pain. I rubbed my finger under my eye (the bottom lid) amd That's when it started now it hurts when I blink. I have a tooth abcess on that side and roof of mouth swelling...

The bottom of my right eye hurts. Its not swollen. I have no stye just pain. I rubbed my finger under my eye (the bottom lid) amd That's when it started now it hurts when I blink. I have a tooth abcess on that side and roof of mouth swelling...

Infection: Your description seems mostly likely an infection which has started in your abcessed tooth, and has spread from the apex of that tooth into the soft tissue deeper in your face. The symptoms of pain on blinking and tenderness on touching the skin atop the bone at the bottom of the eye socket are typical. You need to see your family doctor, or a dentist to get started on the proper antibiotic. ...Read more

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I popped a stye on my outer lower eyelid after using hot compresses and it came to a head now it is really swollen how do I get the swelling to go dow?

I popped a stye on my outer lower eyelid after using hot compresses and it came to a head now it is really swollen how do I get the swelling to go dow?

Ice the area: And see your doctor asap. There is a chance it could have gotten infected and you may need to be on antibiotics. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a sty in my eye and it is really swollen. Any ways on how to get the swelling to go down?

What do you suggest if I have a sty in my eye and it is really swollen. Any ways on how to get the swelling to go down?

Heat treatment: The best treatment for an evolving stye is to apply very warm soaks (washclosth under very warm -not hot- water applied to the lid about 5 times per day for 5 minutes at a time will usually get it to respond fairly quickly. Give this a try for 3-5 days and then see an ophthalmologist if still significant after that time. ...Read more

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Can pink eye cause a stye?

Possible: But it can also lead to periorbital cellulitis. If you are concerned, get it checked out. ...Read more

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What causes a stye in the eye lid?

Blockage of gland: A stye is when an oil-producing gland in the eyelid becomes blocked and infected. Hot compresses and keeping the eye lid clean are the most effective treatments. ...Read more

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What is the cause for a stye in the eye and the cure for it?

What is the cause for a stye in the eye and the cure for it?

Warm compresses: A stye is a clogged oil gland found in the eyelid margin, it produces oil for the surface of the eye. When the orifice of this gland becomes blocked, the oil will back up and form what is called a stye. Typically a stye is from inflammation causing the opening (orifice) to occlude causing the stye. A stye is typically not an infected oil gland, but can occur due bacteria causing inflammation. ...Read more

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What happens if pus from a stye gets inside eye and causes it to be really red? Should I go to a dr?

What happens if pus from a stye gets inside eye and causes it to be really red? Should I go to a dr?

Conjunctivtis: You may have a conjunjtivitis associated with this and will require a topical drop. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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I keep getting recurring styes in both my eyes. What is the cause of this?

I keep getting recurring styes in both my eyes. What is the cause of this?

Blepharitis: Most likely you have blepharitis. See an ophthalmologist for management of this chronic condition. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a stye in your eye?

What causes rid of a stye in your eye?

Warm compresses: Apply a warm wet washclothe to your eyelid four times per day. If this does not cause the stye to resolve, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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So, I had a stye in the upper corner of my right eye and it caused redness in that eye, should I also be having redness in the other eye?

No: If you are experiencing redness in the "other" eye, the infection may have been transferred.
Warm compresses twice a day for both eyes would be recommended. If that does not help, an exam would be the next step. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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