Need Information on Styes (Eye Not Pig)

Updated on July 29, 2008
K.M. asks from Meriden, CT
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My 21mo.old daughter is, we think, developing a stye in her eye. I talked to the nurse this morning at her pediatricians office and she said that if there's anything in her eye that's when they need to see her. She doesn't have anything in her eye, yet. My questions are: what causes a stye (and what is it exactly)? how long do they last? how do you know if anything is in her eye(swelling, blood vessel burst...etc)?


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So What Happened?

Well, it's not a stye after all. Nothing more has happened and my daughter is not touching her eyes at all. So....a mere blip on the childrearing radar. Thanks for all of your advice!


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answers from Providence on

Dont worry,
styes can be treated at home by applying a very warm, wet, clean wash cloth to the tender area. (I use green leaf tea bags) This moist heat application should be done about four times a day, for about ten minutes at each treamtent. This will aid in the supporation of the stye. Supporation is the forming of a head on an infection. The leukocytes (or white blood cells), travel to the infection to fight it. The heat from the warm, moist compresses speeds up the leukocytes' travel, thus fascilitating the forming of the head on the stye. Once the stye ruptures, the pressure is relieved and the pain and swelling subsides. Never put your fingers in your eye. Your hands are full of germs. If you see a doctor, he may prescribe some antibiotic cream for the stye. There are also over the counter topical medications for the stye, which are mostly made up of petroleum jelly and other emollients to keep the eye moisturized. Non-prescription products, however, cannont treat the infection associated with a sty, but can get temporary relief of its symptoms, including burning, stinging and itching. Rarely styes require lancing by a doctor. good luck. _Robin_



answers from Buffalo on

Hi K. my name is M. 31yr old mom of 2 and one on the way,I work in the medical field and a sty is just a localized inflammatory swelling of one or more of the glands in the eyelid, they are very tender and will discharge some fluid when its ready,apply a warm cloth to it several times a day and the fluid will come to a head and drain do not squeeze it is very tender it should go away in 3-5 days sometimes a little longer.


answers from Buffalo on

A stye looks like nothing more than an irritating bump on the eyelid. A stye is a bacterial infection of the glands at the edge of the eyelid. Styes are common in children. Once a child has had one, there is an increased risk of having another.
Styes look like bumps at the edge of the eyelid. They may be tender, swollen, red, and/or warm to the touch.
A stye usually lasts several days, whether or not it is treated. Most often, the body will eliminate the infections with no outside help.The initial treatment for styes is usually warm compresses to the eyelid at least three or four times a day. These compresses increase the blood supply to the area, aiding the body’s attack against the bacteria.
In children who are susceptible to styes, gently cleaning the eyelid with a clean, warm washcloth can help prevent the pores from becoming clogged.Avoiding touching or rubbing the eyes, especially with unwashed hands, can also prevent styes.



answers from New York on


A stye is nothing more than basicly a pimple on the eyelid. It is not serious, but they are uncomfortable. All 4 of my boys have gotten one so far. My 19 year old had one this past summer, I called my opthamologist who to told me to have him place warm soaks on his eye every few hours to draw the fluid out and aid in its healing. It is not contagious. If you are really uncomfortable you can call a pediatric opthamologist and I can give you an excellent recommendation.
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answers from New York on

I'm not positive, but just... be sure it's not pink eye first. Pink eye is SO highly contageous and could resemble the start of a stye. Wash hands thoroughly after washing her eye with a warm wet cloth... and do NOT use that same cloth to wash the other eye. Be sure to wash the washcloth in HOT water afterwards, and wash your hands endlessly all day, and her's, so if it ends up being pink eye she won't transfer it from one eye to the other, or to anyone else in the house!



answers from Boston on

Hi K. - I had chronic styes during my pregnancies which were actually chalazions because they were deeper in my lid and caused big red bumps. The stye is on the edge of the eye and is usually treated the same way. If you hold a warm (not hot), wet washcloth on her eye 3 times a day, the stye may drain. The other thing to do is to take a q-tip with a little bit of baby shampoo on it and scrub her eyelids to keep them clean, this might prevent them from coming back. As for chalazions in adults, after 3 surgeries, I finally found the MAGIC preventative...TheraTears (which is Omega3/fish oil). After 3 months of taking this, the viscosity of the oil in my eye changed and continually drained. Good luck with your daughter's eye and if you need a rec of a pediatric eye dr, let me know. My one yr old had tear duct surgery and this woman is wonderful.

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