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Sty Eye Infection
Speak to your doctor: Keflex is an older antibiotic but is extremely effective (and liekly moreso than cipro) against the bacteria that tend to be involved in eyelid infections. It is advisable to stick with the medication that your doctor prescribes, rather than trying to save money by using a medication that you have left over from a previous infection. ...Read more
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
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
Dry eyes: If your lids are crusted over, it may signify an infection. It may also indicate an allergy (both conditions increase production of mucus which dries out and makes opening the eyes difficult after a night's sleep). As well, people with significant dry eyes can have their lids stick to their corneas overnight, making it difficult to open them upon awakening. See your eye doctor to be sure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: I know you don't want to hear it, but in order to know what kind of infection you have and how best to treat it, your eye doctor should be consulted. Some infections (like pink eye) will go away on their own. Others, such as bacterial infections from contact lenses or eyelid infections, can be visually devastating if improperly treated. And most infections can be easily treated with eye drops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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