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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.

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

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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.

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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.

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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,

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I've had this stye for about 6 months. It popped today on the outside of my skin, but I can see that it didn't completely drain. What should I do?

I've had this stye for about 6 months. It popped today on the outside of my skin, but I can see that it didn't 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.

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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?)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have an internal stye in my lower eyelid. Pus has drained out of it and it's now flattened with no head. Is it safe to wear eye makeup?

Yes -OK for makeup: Once a stye drains, most of the inflammation will be taken care of. A few applications of very warm washcloths can be helpful. You can use makeup in between.

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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.

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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.

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I have a stye on m right lid, its pretty swollen and painful to touch. What should I do? And is there any serious complications associated?

Apply heat: A generally effective treatment is to apply a washcloth over which very warm (not hot) water has been run. Hold this over the eyelids for 4-5 minutes, 5 times per day and in several days this will usually get rid of a stye. There are no serious complications even if untreated; just extra long misery until it finally disappears.

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I have a stye in first two days it was painful but now the pain is gone but an ugly bumb and swelling is still there Help me to get out of this thanks?

Stye: A stye is typically a clogged inner eyelid gland. Typically, they resolve with application of warm compresses 3-4 times a day. Resolution can take 2-3 weeks. If the stye is persistent past 3 weeks despite doing compresses or getting larger, you should see your doctor.

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Is lancing a stye painful?

Minimally: A stye is a layman's word for chalazion, which as an ophthalmologist, is very commonly seen and treated on a daily basis. An injection of local anesthesia is administered, which is minimally uncomfortable (similar to what a dentist would use). Once the numbing has taken place, there should be zero discomfort during the brief procedure.

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What to do if I have a really painful stye, how do I make it go away?

Sty: 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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

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