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How long does it take for a drained stye to heal?

How long does it take for a drained stye to heal?

Week or two: Most drained styes will have improved greatly within a few days, and be essentially resolved within a week. A few drained styes will have significant residual gland ular material remaining in the lid, and if it doesn't resolve with warm compresses and topical medications, sometimes another drainage procedure is required. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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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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How long does a stye on your upper eyelid take to be removed if you go to the doctors? Does the doctor have to sleep your eye when they drain it?

How long does a stye on your upper eyelid take to be removed if you go to the doctors? Does the doctor have to sleep your eye when they drain it?

Stye treatment: If you have tried warm compresses and massage to the eyelid for a period of 3-4 days and there is no change in the size of the stye, seeing the eye doctor to have this opened and drained is the best option. It is a rather quick procedure in most cases. The doctor will numb your eyelid and then use tiny instruments to open the area of the stye and remove the stye. ...Read more

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Is draining a stye a painful procedure?

Is draining a stye a painful procedure?

Stye drainage: Typically, a stye is numbed with local anesthesia, then drained. The actual numbing feels like a tiny bee sting, then the entire area goes numb. From that point on, most people feel nothing as the stye is drained. The eyelid may be sore for a day or two as the eyelid heals, but normal activities may be resumed soon after the procedure. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for the draining of a stye?

What is the procedure for the draining of a stye?

Incision&drainage: If a sty is acute it may drain by itself. If it is sub-acute it may be medically treated. Once it becomes a lump what we call chalazion it usually needs incision and drainage. See your eye md. ...Read more

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My stye popped. What should I do with it? Do I squeeze it or let it drain by itself?

My stye popped. What should I do with it? Do I squeeze it or let it drain by itself?

Gentle: Warm compresses every 15 minutes with mild pressure should allow it to discharge safely. Avoid harsh squeezing as this can cause the area to implode instead of explode and make things worse. get checked out if you have more issues, ...Read more

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How to heel a stye after its drained and its swelling?

How to heel a stye after its drained and its swelling?

Apply heat: in the form of warm compresses to help it drain. If this doesn't help, you will need to be seen to get it drained or get some antibiotic ointment (though in SA you might be able to get a chemist to prescribe?) ...Read more

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Ive had this stye for about 6 months. It popped today on the outside of my skin, but i can see that it didnt completely drain. What should i do?

Ive had this stye for about 6 months. It popped today on the outside of my skin, but i can see that it didnt completely drain. What should i do?

Leave it alone: Give it a few more days to see what happens. If the problem persists, check with your doctor. I would not advise poking the area with a needle on your own. ...Read more

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Stye is all drained out. Eyelid back to regular color but, there is still a small bump?

Stye is all drained out. Eyelid back to regular color but, there is still a small bump?

Be patient: It will slowly get smaller, and sometimes there will be a tiny bump left. If it doesn't affect your vision, or bother you too much just let it go. ...Read more

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Will the pus from a stye drain out with the triple antibiotic ointment or will that make it worse?

Will the pus from a stye drain out with the triple antibiotic ointment or will that make it worse?

Little effect: Styes are best treated with frequent applications of very warm wet washcloths. Antibiotics will not penetrate and will make little difference. Use the heat at least 5 times per day for 4-5 minutes at a time. ...Read more

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A stye on my lower eyelid has drained but the skin over the bump has also peeled off, leaving a reddish, raw layer of skin exposed. Should I disinfect the area or apply an ointment such as vaseline or A&D ointment?

A  stye on my lower eyelid has drained but the skin over the bump has also peeled off, leaving a reddish, raw layer of skin exposed. Should I disinfect the area or apply an ointment such as  vaseline or A&D ointment?

Sterile ointment: Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment would be best if available. A HealthTap consultant could prescribe it for you. Bacitracin ointment carefully applied to the external lid only is another possible option. ...Read more

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Who can I go to drain an internal hordeolum?

Most hordeolums: or styes drain themselves if you apply enough warm compresses to the eyelid several times a day. Using some antibiotic eyedrops also seem to help, though I think they are over-prescribed by physicians in an attempt to make sure the eye does not get infected. Thanks for trusting in healthTap. ...Read more

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How long does it take a stye to heal?

Variable: Warm compresses usually has an effect after several days. If it lasts more than a couple of weeks with this treatment it may need some more invasive treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a eye stye?

Depends upon treat: This depends upon the location of the stye, the size and length of time it has been present, and the treatment that is given (heat, antibiotics) - along with your intrinsic resistance. If you are using heat (the best) then given it about two weeks and if persistent at that point see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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The area near my tear duct is very red, swollen, itchy and painful when I blink. Is that a stye? What do I do? How long does it take to heal?

The area near my tear duct is very red,  swollen, itchy and painful when I blink. Is that a stye? What do I do? How long does it take to heal?

Swollen tear duct: You may in fact have a stye or it may be an infection of the tear duct. I suggest that you see an ophthalmologist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My stye on my lower eyelid popped today, how long will it take to heal?

Rapid healing: If a stye "pops" then the infected contents are released and healing can start. You can accelerate this by applying very warm compresses for 4-5 minutes about 5 times per day. This can heal the stye, sometimes in several days. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a stye to recover after it bursts?

How long does it take for a stye to recover after it bursts?

1-2 wks: I would give it approx 10 days. Keep up with the compresses. If it lasts more than 2 wks, then an ophthalmologist can give you extra help. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. ...Read more