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How To Treat A Stye

How to treat or get rid of a stye? If in doubt, it is best to consult a medical professional to diagnose and treat a stye. Most styes heal naturally without medical treatment. They generally swell for about 3 days before naturally bursting and dispersing. Normal healing time for a stye is about a week.

Self-care treatments to hasten recovery and relieve stye symptoms:

  • Compress the infected eye with a wet warm cloth for about 5 to 10 minutes and repeat 4 to 6 times a day. The heat will help to open blocked pores so that draining can start.
  • Use stye ointment such as Bausch and Lomb eye solution which is an over the counter medication that might assist in the healing process.
  • Softly scrub the eyelid with clean water or use a mild shampoo such as baby shampoo.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses to prevent the infection spreading to the cornea.
  • Do not wear eye makeup until the stye has healed. Lotions can get contaminated with bacteria from the infection.
  • Do not squeeze or attempt to open the stye.
  • Buy non-prescription pain medication to relieve pain and irritation.

If you have tried home treatment and your stye is not improving then it is advisable to seek professional medical attention. You might be in need of antibiotics, eye drops or surgery.

What to expect when consulting a medical practitioner:

  • Topical antibiotics in the form of eye drops or ointment may be prescribed. Topical antibiotics usually are prescribed for recurrent styes and for those that are actively draining.
  • Oral antibiotics might be given to patients with stubborn styes in cases where conditions such as Blepharitis or Rosacea are diagnosed.
  • Patients with existing Rosacea usually need an antibiotic cream, or oral antibiotics.
  • If the infection has spread to other parts of the eye, your GP is likely to recommend IV or oral antibiotics.
  • The lash can be pulled out to improve drainage if the external stye is centered around a lash follicle.

Rarely will multiple lashes need to be removed as it may result in disfigurement.

A variety of treatments are available. Large, painful styes might need to be removed by an ophthalmologist. Internal styes could develop into chalazia, which may require topical, or intralesional steroids or surgical opening and curettage. A large abscess can have several pockets and require multiple stabs. Surgical drainage of styes hastens the healing process. Your GP will refer you to a specialist if the stye is diagnosed to be problematic.

An ophthalmologist may perform a drainage procedure on internal and external styes. In such cases you can expect;

  • Local anesthesia injection.
  • Stab incisions at the site of pointing stye using an 18-gauge needle or a #11 blade.
  • Internal incisions are made vertically to reduce the area of cornea swept by a scar during blinking.
  • External incisions are made horizontally. Punctures might be an option if the stye is already facing outwards, externally.
  • Incision will be left open.

It’s advisable to keep good eye hygiene routine after therapy and surgical treatment.

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