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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

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

Hordeolum is also known as Stye. 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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Are tea bags and hot compresses effective in treating eye styes and swollen eyelids?

Are tea bags and hot compresses effective in treating eye styes and swollen eyelids?

Yes: Heat helps to open up your oil gland(meibomian gland) on you lid margin. Occluded glands leads to inflammation then to a stye. ...Read more

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I have a horrible, hurting stye in my eye. How do I get rid of it? Thank you. Thats it. I've had it for 3 days now, and am just putting hot compresses on my eye. I feel like putting hydrogen peroxide in my eye! can I do that safely? It sure worked well

DO : Do not put peroxide in your eye! often, a series of hot compresses during the day will work, with shorter duration for each compress. Many of my patients have success with 3 or 4 compresses, 5-10 minutes each session. The potato works well, some patients have mentioned that they have used a hard-boiled egg the same way. This holds heat longer than using a washcloth alone. If this does not work within a week or so, then eye drops, or surgical removal will be successful. See your eye doctor if compresses fail! ...Read more

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Stye on my eye my eyelid is slightly swollen also the white of my eye is red/ irritated is that normal? I've been using hot compresses to help

Stye on my eye my eyelid is slightly swollen also the white of my eye is red/ irritated is that normal? I've been using hot compresses to help

Common symptoms: You are doing the right thing by using warm compresses. Most tend to apply them too infrequently - apply very warm compresses over the involved eye for 4 minutes at a time 5-6 times a day. This will usually melt it away in several days. As long as the vision is normal, this should work. Using compresses 1-2 times per day will not usually work. ...Read more

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How many hot compresses should I put on my sty?

How many hot compresses should I put on my sty?

As much as possible: 4 times a day is 4 times better than once a day. Just don't burn yourself. ...Read more

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How do u know when a stye is HEALED. i've been putting stye med + warm compresses for 2 weeks. looks gone but i think i feel a tiny bump still?

How do u know when a stye is HEALED. i've been putting stye med + warm compresses for 2 weeks. looks gone but i think i feel a tiny bump still?

Healed: It is "healed" when pain, redness and swelling have resolved. A tiny, painless bump is likely nothing to worry about and should continue to get smaller. If it enlarges and stye recurs, you should follow-up again with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a stye on my lower eyelid. I am a truck driver's wife, am in the truck. no access to warn compresses or any meds til fri still wear contactS?

Contact wear OK: Styes are in the substance of the lid and the infection they contain will only leak onto the eye if they are very large, pus filled and leak. Most are small and cannot interact with a contact, so you may wear yours. If the eye gets red, painful, or the vision changes, then remove the lens until you get an evaluation. ...Read more

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Have a stye. A bump in the middle of my top right eyelid. Doing compresses/ciproflox drops. Bump turning brown color..Does this mean it's healing?

Have a stye. A bump in the middle of my top right eyelid. Doing compresses/ciproflox drops. Bump turning brown color..Does this mean it's healing?

Make sure it's warm: Hi there Gloria make sure the compresses are not too hot for your skin and causing discoloration. I would definitely see your ophthalmologist again to get that checked out. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my upper eyelid. I was told it was a stye. Doing compresses and prescribed drops. It's starting to dry out. Do I still do compresses?

I have a bump on my upper eyelid. I was told it was a stye. Doing compresses and prescribed  drops. It's starting to dry out. Do I still do compresses?

Yes: I recommend doing the warm compresses till the redness, swelling & soreness completely resolves. Remember to only use the eye medication for the prescribed amount of time. It's also a good idea to continue performing lid hygiene on a routine basis, especially if you're predisposed to styes. Good luck. ...Read more

Compresses (Definition)

Warm compresses can increase milk flow and cold ...Read more