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Treatments for Stye

Treatments for Stye:

With a good, consistent treatment plan, the prognosis for most cases of a sty is good with minimal risk of complications, such as the spread of bacterial infection and the development of multiple stys.

Treatment of sty begins with prevention. The best way to prevent a sty is to not to touch the eyes unless the hands have been washed for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. It is also important to wash hands well before putting in contact lenses. Contact lens should be disinfected thoroughly before use. Old or outdated eye make-up and cosmetics should not be used and should be thrown away. To prevent the spread of infection and the develoment of a sty, eye makeup and cosmetic should not be shared.

In general, a sty will frequently rupture, drain and go away by itself within about a week. To expedite the natural healing process and keep the area clean, the only treatment needed in many cases is gently cleansing with water and applying warm, moist compresses several times a day. After the sty ruptures, the area should be washed gently with a mild soap. Do not squeeze the sty. This can cause an increase in inflammation and spreading of the infection.

It may be recommended that eye makeup is not worn until the sty heals. At that time all makeup and cosmetics should be replaced by new make-up.

For a sty that does not clear up after about a week or if the redness and inflammation is getting larger, an antibiotic ointment or eye drops may be prescribed. An oral antibiotic may also be prescribed. In some cases, the sty may need to be opened up surgically in order to drain. This is called an incision and drainage. This generally involves numbing the area with a local anesthetic and making a small incision to allow the pus to drain.

It is not unusual for a sty to recur, so it is important to seek regular follow-up medical care as recommended. Follow-up care will also re-evaluate the eyes, eyelids and face for the development of complications, such as the spread of bacterial infection. If there is a change in vision, immediate medical care is needed.

Treatment List for Stye

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Stye includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Alternative Treatments for Stye

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Stye may include:

  • Warm, moist compress
  • Calendula flower compress
  • Hot potato wrapped in a towel compress
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