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A sty is when an oil gland of the eyelid margin gets clogged and the oil backs up and forming a pocket of stagnant oil and the eyelid becomes inflamed. A hordeolum is the acute phase or beginning stage of a stye, and a chalazion is the chronic phase (where the oil becomes more granular, thick and the skin inflammation resolves, but there is still a ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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