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How long does a stye on the top of your eyelid usually last?

How long does a stye on the top of your eyelid usually last?

Few weeks: It should generally resolve over the next few weeks. The key is to use warm compresses 10 minutes at a time to help decompress it. ...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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I don't know if what I have is a stye but could you list the Sty symptoms?

I don't know if what I have is a stye but could you list the Sty symptoms?

In the eye?: May look like a bump, on the edge of the eyelid, and may be painful or achy depending on how far it's ballooned out. Otherwise, it's a small, tiny bump on the edge where the eyelid lashes are located that gets bigger, and needs to be seen by an eye doctor. Warm compresses can help for 10-15 mins. 4 times day. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a stye?

What are some symptoms of a stye?

Stye: Swollen eyelid with red tender painful spot, burning of eye with scratchy sensation, blurred vision, light sensitivity, mucous discharge in eye, tearing, discomfort when blink, and sensation of foreign body in the eye. ...Read more

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Is stye itching a good sign?

Is stye itching a good sign?

Itching reaction: A 'stye' (chalazion) simply is an internal gland in the eyelid that is not functioning properly. Think of it as a pimple or boil coming to a head. The itching can be indicative of the skin stretching or breaking under the pressure of expansion. By definition, a 'stye' is not infectious by nature. ...Read more

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Pink swollen eyelid, sore throat/cold. Dr said stye, but there is no bump at all! just an overall swelling/pain. Incorrect diagnosis perhaps?

Pink swollen eyelid, sore throat/cold. Dr said stye, but there is no bump at all! just an overall swelling/pain. Incorrect diagnosis perhaps?

Probably right: Most styes start out with diffuse swelling of a part or sometimes the whole lid. As your body starts to deal with it, it becomes localized to the more typical focal redness and swelling. I hope you were told to apply heat 4-5 times per day which is in face the best treatment. ...Read more

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What causes styes?

What causes styes?

Retained Secretions: Along the upper and lower eyelids are dozens of meibomian glands. There job is to secrete an oily substance to mix with your natural tears. In the case of a stye, aka chalazion, the secretions become so thick (think of dried toothpaste) the gland can't empty its secretions. The gland gets bigger due to built up secretions causing redness, pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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My girlfriend wants to know how long after a stye has popped can she wear make-up?

My girlfriend wants to know how long after a stye has popped can she wear make-up?

Right away: If it is no longer red or hot, and there is not open sore, you can wear makeup right away. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my stye is still hard after hot compresses?

What does it mean if my stye is still hard after hot compresses?

Stye: Most styes have a core of inflammatory material inside. After a time, the core tends to fibrose and become hard. If the stye is resistant to hot compresses and topical antibiotics, it may need to be drained by your local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How to treat styes?

Compresses: Place warm, wet compresses for 10 minutes three to six times a day. Don't try to squish or squeeze your stye. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to treat a stye?

Add oral antibiotic: Sometimes in addition to the first excellent answer, oral antibiotics may be indicated. These should be ones that have excellent soft tissue levels. ...Read more

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