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Where do I go to get a stye surgically removed?

Where do I go to get a stye surgically removed?

Eye doctor: Most styes do not need surgery. Antibiotic ointment and warm compress. However, if you have a stye that is no resolving your best choice is to see an optometrist or ophthamologist. ...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 am having a stye surgically removed, should I be concerned?

I am having a stye surgically removed, should I be concerned?

No: No. It is very easily done in the hands of an experienced ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Will scar tissue (little bump) from a stye I had in october of 2013 go away on it's own? I don't want to get it surgically removed. Thanks!

Will scar tissue (little bump) from a stye I had in october of 2013 go away on it's own? I don't want to get it surgically removed. Thanks!

Sometimes: This is called a chalazion and is the incysted remains of the eyelids battle with a stye. These are benign, can be small or large and will occasionally go away by themselves, especially if assisted by applied heat. If it bothers you, it can be removed in an office procedure which does require a little surgery. Some also might inject it with steroid which can also get rid of it. ...Read more

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Last year I removed my stye by the eye surgeon an ophthalmologist but it came back again this week so I compressed it by hot water what should I do?

Last year I removed my stye by the eye surgeon an ophthalmologist but it came back again this week so I compressed it by hot water what should I do?

New Stye: People who get styes are often prone to them. Just think of it as a pimple on the eyelid. The best treatment is heat like a warm compress and most will resolve without further treatment. If it becomes chronic and persistent then drainage will help. ...Read more

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How long does a stye on your upper eyelid take to be removed if you go to the doctors? Does the doctor have to sleep your eye when they drain it?

How long does a stye on your upper eyelid take to be removed if you go to the doctors? Does the doctor have to sleep your eye when they drain it?

Stye treatment: If you have tried warm compresses and massage to the eyelid for a period of 3-4 days and there is no change in the size of the stye, seeing the eye doctor to have this opened and drained is the best option. It is a rather quick procedure in most cases. The doctor will numb your eyelid and then use tiny instruments to open the area of the stye and remove the stye. ...Read more

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Get repeated styes.... Am I doom? Or is this normal or am I the unlucky ones.

Get repeated styes.... Am I doom? Or is this normal or am I the unlucky ones.

Somewhat unlucky: Lid hygeine and systemic antibiotics can help so you do have recurrences. Talk to you eye doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat styes?

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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Why does my stye itch?

Healing: Itching is a frequent component of healing. This occurs anywhere on the body and can take place in the lid as it is combating and healing from a stye. Scratching the lid is a little difficult; you can obtain relief with very warm compresses. ...Read more

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How can I cure a stye?

Warm compresses: Do not squeeze it. Tincture of time will cure most styes. Use of a teabag also works as an astringent just make sure its not too hot ...Read more

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Do you feel a stye pop?

Do you feel a stye pop?

I suppose: The relief of the built-up pressure in the style, once drained, feels better & less pressure. Like a pimple on one's face, when popped, do you really hear it pop? I don't think so. As with sties, the only noise that I usually hear are those of pain, but not from the "popping" of the sty itself. ...Read more

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What do you do for a stye?

Warm Compresses: Try a warm compress for 15 min three times a day. If after a few days it's not improving, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is lancing a stye painful?

Minimally: A stye is a layman's word for chalazion, which as an ophthalmologist, is very commonly seen and treated on a daily basis. An injection of local anesthesia is administered, which is minimally uncomfortable (similar to what a dentist would use). Once the numbing has taken place, there should be zero discomfort during the brief procedure. ...Read more

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What happens if a stye pops?

If...: If it becomes more inflamed, grows larger, keeps presenting pus or very painful you need to be seen as soon as possible. If it gets better and grows smaller then it means it is healing. ...Read more

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Can I use toothpaste on styes?

Can I use toothpaste on styes?

NO: Be very careful what you use toothpaste for. Use products for its intended use. Would you ever brush your teeth with vagisil? ...Read more

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Can you put raw meat on styes?

Why?: You can...But it will not help the stye and will ruin a good piece of steak! ...Read more

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What should I do about my stye?

What should I do about my stye?

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 is a way to solve my stye?

Warm compresses: Warm compresses, 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. ...Read more

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I want help with curing a stye?

I want help with curing a stye?

Warm compresses: Apply a warm wet washclothe to your eyelid four times per day. If this does not cause the stye to resolve, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can I clean my popped stye?

Warm soak it: A chalazion is another name for a sty. It is a collection of oil from a plugged minimum gland. Warm soak with a hit wash cloth three times a day to help draw out the oil inflammatory cells. ...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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What if a stye lasts for a month?

No longer a stye: It is probably a chalazion. This is a little bump that is not painful. You can treat a chalazion by applying a hot wash clothe to it 3-4 times per day. If it does not go away in a few weeks, see an ophthalmologist. ...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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How to cure a stye in a few days?

How to cure a stye in a few days?

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

Excise (Definition)

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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