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The stye on my 8 year old child's eyelid is getting worse. Should I do something or let it get bigger and burst?

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Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology

In brief: Depends on pain

If painful, it can be "lanced", likely needing a short episode of general anesthesia unless the 8 year old is stoic! if not painful and only ugly, warm compresses, drops/ointment, cleansing and patience may be all that is needed to resolve the problem although.
A chalazion (seen as a lump under the skin) rather than a hordeolum (pimple on the edge of the lid), may not resolve without surgery.

In brief: Depends on pain

If painful, it can be "lanced", likely needing a short episode of general anesthesia unless the 8 year old is stoic! if not painful and only ugly, warm compresses, drops/ointment, cleansing and patience may be all that is needed to resolve the problem although.
A chalazion (seen as a lump under the skin) rather than a hordeolum (pimple on the edge of the lid), may not resolve without surgery.
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology

In brief: Warm compresses

Most chalazia (styes) will improve on their own, but will usually resolve faster with application of warm washcloth (warm compress) to the affected area three or four times daily for 5-10 minutes.
If the stye is not improving after several days, may be time to see an ophthalmologist for possible topical or oral medication. A few styes will not resolve and require excision.

In brief: Warm compresses

Most chalazia (styes) will improve on their own, but will usually resolve faster with application of warm washcloth (warm compress) to the affected area three or four times daily for 5-10 minutes.
If the stye is not improving after several days, may be time to see an ophthalmologist for possible topical or oral medication. A few styes will not resolve and require excision.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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