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What Can You Do To Treat A Stye
Doctor prescribed me sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim 800mg/160mg to treat a stye, will that work? I've had it for 1month, it popped but came back
Stye: Apply warm compresses to affected eye to bring stye to a head (it's similar to a pimple, only on the eyelid margin) so it will open & drain. Do not squeeze it. Use fresh compress each time. If child rubs eye, wash hands frequently. If not improved, see fp for exam & possible rx for eye antibiotic. Occasionally resistant ones have to be opened by doc to remove contents. ...Read more
Possibly: Styes can get bigger but the time course is short and if they get too big they will break through the barriers of the lid and drain. Obviously it is best to treat them - application of heat is best. ...Read more
Warm compresses: Warm compresses (wash cloth with hot water and hold it on the stye for 5-10 minutes, reheating as needed), or surgical incision and drainage, or steroid have been the only effective treatments demonstrated get rid of a stye. A stye is due to the orifice of an oil gland (mebomian gland) in the eyelid margin becoming inflamed, and not an infection, internal protrudes towards the eye and external o. ...Read more
Pimple of lid: This is a blocked eyelid gland which gets inflamed causing local pain, redness and swelling. It is like a pimple on the lid. Treatment is by applying hot washcloths frequently which usually makes it go away. If persistent, see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Stye: If this occurred rather suddenly, it probably is a stye, which is a blocked oil gland of the eyelid. It can become secondarily infected and can spread to adjacent tissues leading to cellulitis. Most of these styes respond to very warm compresses 3-4 times/day for 10' followed by gentle massage with a washcloth containing a small amount of baby shampoo. After a week, the stye should nearly resolve ...Read more
Warm compresses: Put clean, wet, warm compresses on your eyelid to help treat the stye. The stye is caused my an inflammation in the hair follicle of the eyelid. Antibiotics are usually not needed. Keep your hands away from your eyes- don't rub your eyes! Call your doctor if it does not get better. ...Read more
Warm compress: I tell my patients to get a damp wash cloth and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Test it on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Place warm compress the closed eyelid for about5-10 minutes and re-heating as necessary. ...Read more
Heat: A warm compress applied to the involved eye will increase blood flow to the area & this helps the process heal or any build up of debris to drain. It may take several days & if not successful can be evaluated by your pcp. ...Read more
Add hot compresses: Yes, but it is overkill. Bacterial resistance typically develops with this drug. ...Read more
I think I have blepharitis because I keep getting styes in different places around my eyes. How can I get it treated?
So I've had a stye for almost 6 months now. I went to the doctor in march and they verified that it was a stye. They gave me indications on how to treat it so I followed them until it went away. I noticed it didn't actually go away completely.?
Ophalmologist: If it does not bother you, ignore it. If it bothers you an eye surgeon can easily scrape it out. ...Read more
I have a stye I got antibiotics to treat it however, it's got bigger and has swollen up is this suppose to happen? What can I do to get rid of it?
Gentile heat: Applying a warm compress to the area will improve blood flow & can help it resolve. You can place a moist face cloth in a ziplock bag with a few vent holes & toss it in a microwave for a brief period to warm it. When it is warm (not hot), place it over the area and let it sit until cool. Re-treat as needed. Contact your doc during regular hours & see if there is more s/he recommends. ...Read more
Styes are infected…: …oil glands in the margin of eyelid (like pimples). Do not squeeze them; it can worsen infection. Apply warm compresses several times a day to bring stye to head so it will open on its own & drain. More involved sties may require topical antibiotics or incision & removal of contents by doctor. Wash hands thoroughly after working around sties. Drainage on pillowcase/washcloth should be sterilized. ...Read more
This is the first time I have gotten an eye stye and I was wondering how to treat it at home and how long will it take to go away?
I have had a stye in the outer corner of my left eye for more than two weeks now. How can I treat it? Can I use terramycin?
While many styes are infected, antibiotics generally cannot easily get to them. Heat is very effective. Try soaking a washcloth in the very warm (not hot) water tap and putting it on the stye for 4 minutes at a time about 5 times per day.
The frequency is important - 2-3 times will usually not work. If persistent after a week of this see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
I am having syptoms of an eyelid stye but I can't tell yet. Is this something I can treat at home or do I need to see a doctor?
Yes: Before a sty is formed the eyelid becomes red and painful. If these are your symptoms; you can start using a warm compress over both eyes (closed) for 10 minutes once daily. Use a clean wash towel fourfold it and soak it in hot clean water. Then scrub your closed eyelashes for 30 seconds with baby shampoo. Do this for 2 weeks. If still painful see your doctor. ...Read more
Hi. I have a stye developing on my left eyelid but I wear contacts daily. Is it ok to continue to wear them if I treat the stye with warm compress?
Warm compresses: A "stye, " a.K.A. Hordeolum, is a plugged oil gland in the eyelid, sort of like a pimple. Most of the time, it can be effectively treated with warm compresses. These loosen the oils and allow them to be expressed from the lid. If persistent, a hordeolum can become a chalazion, which often needs either a steroid injection or surgical excision. See an ophthalmologist to be sure. ...Read more
Hello, Docs! I have a stye, again, on my lower eyelid. I don't know how to treat it. Can I use Arnica? How to prevent it? What causes it? Thanks :)
Several days: With diligent moderately hot compresses to stye f/b gentle massage of the stye will typically resolve it after 7-10 days. There will be redness; superficial changes in shin where the stye was for up to a few weeks. As long as the stye has reasonably regressed over this period without pain anymore, you generally will do fine. Sometes the stye has to be lanced, particularly if increased. No Arnica. ...Read more
I have a stye and a chalazion on the same eye lid (1 inch apart), should I go ahead treat the stye with warm compresses while it's still just a stye?
Stye can be painful: Hot compress will help both conditions. However a stye is painful since it is an infection in the root of the eyelash follicle removing the eyelash should relieve the pain and hot compress will resolve the swelling along with some topical antibiotic. Chalazion not painful also needs hot compress and if not resolved will need to be dealt with by your Ophthalmologist. ...Read more
I have a swelling of my lower eyelid with a black dot on the lower lid margin. No discharge or redness. Is it a chalazion or stye? And how to treat?
Stye: If is at the edge of eyelid is a stye use warm compress if worst may need antibiotics. ...Read more
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