Friday, January 21, 2022

How to Get Rid of a Stye? Home Remedies and Treatments

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Hey guys, today we will talk about red painful styes and their several treatments which will provide you better feelings in no time. So today we are gonna be talking about probably one of the most common phone calls we get in our clinic every day and that is I have a stye what can I do about it?


So we discuss today in this post specifically about the styes and what they look like? what are the symptoms? But more importantly, in-clinic treatments that we use to take care of them.

What causes styes in your eye?

I think almost everybody knows what they are. It is a red painful bump that you wake up with and you are just too embarrassed that you have to go to work with this giant bump on the eye.

Stye becomes due to the plugging of the oil glands and just as a little reminder this is a little healthy eyelid and we have about 10 to 15 oil glands that sit behind the eyelashes. When those get plugged up and blepharitis they look like this and all of these little oil glands are plugged and then bacteria can kind of find a nice warm spot that it likes and it forms a stye.

The stye can form either on the inside of the eye where you have to pull your lid down to see it or you have probably. If sometimes you see folks with that big red kind of looks like a pimple on the outside that's an external stye. It's basically the same thing it just depends on whether it opens on the inside or the outside of the eyelid.

Treatment and Home Remedies

1. Warm Compress and Massage

If you are at home and you know no access to a doctor then the first thing and most important thing to do is to use heat remembering that those oil glands are kind of like a bunch of little sticks of melted butter.


You want to open those oil glands and get everything to flow freely so these are microwavable warm compresses that you can buy over-the-counter or online. You throw them in the microwave for about 5 to 10 seconds get them nice and warm but not too hot that you can burn yourself and then you just place them over the eyes and hold them for about 5 to 10 minutes.

If you have an actual stye and what I usually instruct my patients to do is after. You can kind of massage over the area where you have this stye after the heat on there for a while through the warm compress.

You want to try to break up all of that inflammation and pus and allow that freely flows from the eyelid and it's coming out that's a really good sign okay.

2. Topical ointment or Eye drops

So if you have tried that already and you have been warm compressing till you can warm compress no more and the stye is still there then a lot of times we have to use topical medications most of the time you don't need oral antibiotics for this.

I see that prescribed a lot but it is usually not necessary to look favorite combinations usually include an antibiotic and steroid and that can come either a drop or an ointment that you apply topically three or four times a day about a week or two.

3. Steroid Injections

Most of the time that's going to clear everything up but occasionally the stye will come back in a couple or three weeks and if that's the case then one of the next lines of treatment what's called the intralesional Kenalog and this is just a tiny little bit of steroid that we inject directly into the sty that since there is like a little depot.

It will sit around in the lid for three or four weeks and it works as anti-inflammatory magic and a lot of times this stye goes away.

4. Incision and Drainage

If we have done the catalog and the stye persists then the last resort is to do something called an incision and drainage. We try to avoid this if we can this is not the most fun procedure for patients but it is the definitive treatment to get rid of the long-standing stye and secondly we will gonna take you back to our minor and go through some of the instrumentation so what I use to do this procedure, let's talk a little bit more about it okay.

A surgical cut is made with a 30g needle Which is literally the smallest needle that you can get. This procedure is known as an incision. We are easy on the eyelids because it's such thin skin and once I draw that up usually less than you know point 1cc is really tiny. I am gonna that directly into the stye most of the time.

We will do that injection on the external part of the lid just so that it's not as uncomfortable on the internal part and it will get all the way through and then patients I always warn them that there will be a tiny little white area where that steroid injection was deposited that will slowly absorb over the next three to four weeks.

Typically I will do a follow-up with them. you know a month or so later and see if it's all resolved most of the time it is if it's not resolved then the next step is something called an incision and drainage and so for that what we are going to do is actually take the lid and revert.

It so that I actually have access to this little area through a small clamp that I will use to finish the inflammation with the sty. It's actually going to go over the surface of the lid it will allow me to tighten it and then invert the lid and then I will have a little view of the inside of the lid.

Where I can remove the stye so this is all of course after the eye is numbed up with some alighted cane try to get the patient as comfortable as possible with the clamp on evert the lid and then use a blade to sort of pen the area and then we can kind of just gently dissect out to the stye as you know all of the little usually.

There is a lot of scar tissue associated with it at this point. If it's been there for several weeks to several months sometimes you will get to know a good gush of fluid and you sort of know it's gonna resolve quickly other times.

It's been there for a while and you have to really dissect out some of that scar tissue once you clean up the lid get some hemostasis to get the bleeding to kind of settle down when we just put the lid right back kind of hold pressure for a little while and I will usually put a pressure patch over the eye for about three or four hours as the patient goes home.

Just so it kind of keeps everything nice and stable and then they use the same point means that they were typically before which is a combination antibiotic steroid for about a week or so by that time. the patients come back for their follow-up, the inside of the lid has already healed because it heals so quickly and fast.

So there are just some of the little treatments that we use for styes and hopefully, you won't ever have to have that done but if you do you know what you are gonna be looking at okay. Thank you so much for reading this article about styes hopefully you found it helpful so please share this post as much as you can.

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