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What are some good ways to treat a stye?

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

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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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

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

Have it checked: If it came back, I would be concerned that it may not be just a stye. It could be a chalazion, which is an inflammation in one of the oil glands that may need to be incised, or something else. I'm would suggest seeing an ophthalmologist who should be able to help you. ...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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Is pataday used to treat styes?

Is pataday used to treat styes?

Pataday: Is an allergy drop. This will not help a stye. You can use some warm compresses if your eyelid is swollen and tender. ...Read more

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How should I treat a kid's stye?

How should I treat a kid's stye?

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

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Can a stye grow overtime if not treated?

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

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What is an internal stye and how is it treated?

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

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Anyone know what is a stye and how can it be treated?

Anyone know what is a stye and how can it be treated?

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

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What to do if I have a stye and need to know if I can treat it using this medication?

What to do if I have a stye and need to know if I can treat it using this medication?

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

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Stye in the eye! What should I do to treat it?

Stye in the eye! What should I do to treat it?

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

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How can I treat a big stye in the eye?

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

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How can I best treat a stye in the eye?

Warm compresses.: Warm compresses (wash cloth with warm water) for 5-10 minutes, 3 times a day is the most effective treatment. ...Read more

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How do you treat a stye in the eye lid?

How do you treat a stye in the eye lid?

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

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Can ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solutions be used to treat an eye stye?

Can ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solutions be used to treat an eye stye?

Add hot compresses: Yes, but it is overkill. Bacterial resistance typically develops with this drug. ...Read more

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I think I have blepharitis because I keep getting styes in different places around my eyes. How can I get it treated?

I think I have blepharitis because I keep getting styes in different places around my eyes. How can I get it treated?

Blepharitis: Using warm dry compresses, baby shampoo to keep the lid margins clean and a steroid antibiotic drop and/or ointment prescribed and the usage controlled by an ophthalmologist should help the problem. ...Read more

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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

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My boy got a stye in the eye how do we treat it?

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

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Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim treat stye?

Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim treat stye?

No: Styes are not infections. Those are antibiotics. This is a common misconception. Warm compresses are the main treatment for styes. ...Read more

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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?

Stye: You can use a mild soap to cleanse the area and then apply warm compresses daily. If the stye persists despite this conservative management, you can talk to your doctor about trying a topical or oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Try heat: 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

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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

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Is it possible to use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution to treat an eye stye?

Is it possible to use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution to treat an eye stye?

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

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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 :)

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

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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?

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

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Can I substitute cipro (ciprofloxacin) for keflex to treat an eye infection related to a stye?

Can I substitute cipro (ciprofloxacin) for keflex to treat an eye infection related to a stye?

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

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