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Why do eye styes itch?

Why do eye styes itch?

Inflammation: Styes cause inflammation which dilates blood vessels, resulting in release of histamine, which causes itching. Make a hot pack with a sock filled with rice, zap in the microwave for 30 seconds and gently place on lids for 10 minutes. It may swell more then drain. If not see an eyemd for a minor procedure called chalazion incision and drainage. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

Hordeolum is also known as Stye. 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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Why do I keep getting eye styes?

Why do I keep getting eye styes?

Excessive lid oils: Styes are the result of a blocked oil gland on the lid. They are treated primarily with warm compresses--4-5x per day for 10-15 minutes. You can help prevent them by performing lid washes--apply a few drops of non-stinging baby shampoo to a warm washcloth and gently scrub your eyelash area for 30 seconds every night. Also adding flaxseed oil to your diet seems to be helpful in prevention. ...Read more

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I have had 6 eye styes in the last 2 months on the same eye. What could be causing this?

I have had 6 eye styes in the last 2 months on the same eye. What could be causing this?

Chronic blepharitis: You likely have chronic blepharitis and need to see an ophthalmologist for treatment. ...Read more

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How to cure an eye stye?

How to cure an eye stye?

Warm compresses: A style is basically a pimple on the eyelid. It will usually resolve with heat and time and rarely needs medication. If no better in 3-4 weeks then drainage or a steroid injection can help. ...Read more

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How do II get raid of a eye stye?

How do II get raid of a eye stye?

Stye: Warm compressor for 10 minutes 3-4 timea a day, eye lid shamppo (baby shampoo). Works most of the time. No make up. If getting bigger, or painful then go to ophtalmology (not optmetry) in rare occasions they may need to remove it surgically. ...Read more

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Is it true that when you have eye styes, you must avoid sticky food and sugar?

Is it true that when you have eye styes, you must avoid sticky food and sugar?

No relationship: Eye styes are dealt with by local heat treatment and hygiene. Occasionally supplemental antibiotics are helpful but usually not. There is not known relationship between styes and whatever foods you might eat including sticky, sugary foods. ...Read more

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How to pop an eye stye?

How to pop an eye stye?

No - don't pop: Anything! 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. Please see your opthamologist if no improvement. ...Read more

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Could eye stye make you lose vision?

Could eye stye make you lose vision?

No: Styes are in the lids, can be uncomfortable and unsightly but do not affect the vision except for the minor issue of excess tearing as the eye attempts to ward off the effects of the stye. Permanent vision loss would be extraordinarily rare and probably indicates something other than the stye. ...Read more