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How to remove an eye sty?

How to remove an eye sty?

One way: Microwave a clean potato with the skin on for four minutes. Wet a wash cloth or small towel with warm or hot water. Squeeze out the excess water and wrap it around the potato. Apply this to the eye lid until it cools down (about 15minutes).This can be repeated intermittently. ...Read more

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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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What to do about an eye sty. ..???

What to do about an eye sty. ..???

Sty: Apply warm compresses to sty 4 times a day Apply antibiotic oinment after the compresses ...Read more

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What can I do if my eye sty popped! What do I do?

What can I do if my eye sty popped! What do I do?

Don't panic: This is good. It will heal much faster now. Rinse your eye with artificial tears and wipe away any pus. Apply warm compresses to the eye 3-4 times per day. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to help an eye sty disappear faster?

What are some good ways to help an eye sty disappear faster?

Hot compresses: Hot compresses are the most effective thing you can do along with keeping the eyelid clean. Try boiling an egg and wrapping a wet towel around it, this way the towel will not cool as quickly. ...Read more

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I believe I cought an eye sty from a friend who visited me 1 month ago. What can I do?

I believe I cought an eye sty from a friend who visited me 1 month ago. What can I do?

Uncatchable directly: Maybe you both have dry eyes or blepharitis, but a plugged meibomian gland is rarely a catchable phenomena. It's not like a disease. You both may have similar habits of using the computer a lot, staring more than blinking, or not using warm compresses in the morning and night to decompress it. But it's easily remedied. Just change habits, and you both will see a difference in watching them disappear. ...Read more

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Over the counter for a eye sty?

Over the counter for a eye sty?

Local heat: If you detect a stye beginning (red lid margin, white dot on the margin, local tenderness, diffuse swelling of the lid), then the best thing is heat. Put a wash cloth under the warm (not hot) water tap and apply to the eye for 4 minutes 5 times per day. This will usually get rid of it. Topical ointments and drops usually do not help even if labeled for stye. ...Read more

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Can a tooth abscess be related to an eye sty?

Can a tooth abscess be related to an eye sty?

Not very likely: I have never heard of a sty causing a dental abscess, but a dental abscess could possible track towards the orbit and have a site of drainage near the eye lid. ...Read more

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Eye sty 12hrs+ swollen upper lid & half closed. No visible discharge. Concern w/infection since my total hip repl 9 mo ago. Urgent care?

Eye sty 12hrs+ swollen upper lid & half closed. No visible discharge. Concern w/infection since my total hip repl 9 mo ago. Urgent care?

1st heat/compresses: I would recommend treating the sty with 10' of moderately warm compresses 3-4 times daily and massage the area with a wet washcloth with a mild no tears shampoo. This should help to decompress the blocked oil gland. If however your eyelid swelling persists and/or worsens, see eyemd who can evaluate for other treatment modalities. If fever, vision decrease, or double vision, seek medical care asap. ...Read more

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Sty eye pain?

Sty eye pain?

See ophthalmologist: Often draining a painful stye can provide much reduction in pain as well as quicker healing. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation of your stye. ...Read more

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Feels like there's something in my eye. Possibly a sty. Is a sty contagious?

Feels like there's something in my eye. Possibly a sty. Is a sty contagious?

No: A stye is not contagious. However, your diagnosis may not be correct, and what you have may be.... ...Read more

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Can a sty eye cure by itself? I have been having it for 2 days im putting warm compress whag else can help? What causes sty eye?

Can a sty eye cure by itself? I have been having it for 2 days im putting warm compress whag else can help? What causes sty eye?

Warm compress: A sty is an inflamed "sweat duct" in the eyelid. The ducts get blocked. 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 re-heating as necessary-at least 4x a day. If it does not get better in a week or gets worse go to your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What could I do to find out if its pink eye or a sty in the eye?

What could I do to find out if its pink eye or a sty in the eye?

Different locations: Pink eye refers to an infection in the conjunctiva, the clear membrane over the white of your eye. A sty is an infection in one of the glands in the eyelid. ...Read more

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Does gentamicin eye drops help a sty?

Does gentamicin eye drops help a sty?

No: Eye drops and ointments have little, if any, affect on a sty. Treat a sty by using a warm compress 3-4 times per day. Antibiotics are usually not needed. If it fails to get better in 1-2 weeks, see an ophthalmologist for further treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a sty in eye but I want to how much is surgery cost?

I have a sty in eye but I want to how much is surgery cost?

Medical treatment: Call your primary doc, who can treat your eye sty with warm compress, showers, gentamicin eye ointment, don't rub it. If not better with medical treatment then a trip to the eye specialist/ophthalmologist. Surgery is not the first treatment, medical care works most of the time. Be well. ...Read more

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My sty has just burst inside of my eye (it's an internal sty) will it end up spreading? How do I clean the inside of the eye as the puss is inside

My sty has just burst inside of my eye (it's an internal sty) will it end up spreading? How do I clean the inside of the eye as the puss is inside

Warm compress, C dr.: If your sty opened, warm compresses will help, and you need to see your eye doctor to prevent any further inflammation, or possible infection. Oral antibiotics is not the answer. Have it checked. Normally, it doesn't spread. However, each lid has only so many oil glands. So, you want to prevent this from happening with good lid hygiene, compresses, and check for underlying cause, most importantly. ...Read more

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The outside corner of my eyelid is sore to the touch and is hurts when I blink. It is not swollen, there is no visible sty, and eye is not red.?

The outside corner of my eyelid is sore to the touch and is hurts when I blink. It is not swollen, there is no visible sty, and eye is not red.?

Corner of eye pain: May be developing infection or developing Zoster (herpes-shingles)-the rash takes several days to come out. Consider lysine 500 mg 3 tabs a day x 5 and also f/u with urgent care/ doc ...Read more

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Home remedies for a sty on my eye?

Home remedies for a sty on my eye?

Stye advice: Try very warm compresses 2-4 times per day for 10' a time followed by gentle massages to the eye lid may help the backed-up oil gland secretions to drain. Usually this technique resolves the swelling and the stye should resolve within a week. However, if the swelling and pain increases, seek help from an eye md. ...Read more

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What can I do for a sty on my eye?

Stye: A stye is an inflamed oil gland on the edge of your eyelid, where the lash meets the lid. It appears as a red, swollen bump that looks like a pimple. It is often tender. Treatment starts with heating for ten minutes to thin the oil and then trying to squeeze it out. If not successful in draining it, one goes to the eye md for surgical drainage. Rosacea is a risk factor. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for a sty in your eye?

What are some home remedies for a sty in your eye?

Heat: If you feel one coming on, get a wash cloth and put it under very warm (not hot) tap water and apply to the eye for 4 minutes about 5 times per day. This will usually get rid of it. Eyedrops with antibiotics will not do anything. It is always helpful to maintain good hygiene and clean the eye regularly. ...Read more