what do you do for a Stye in the eye?

Lori - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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my 5 year old has had a stye for a week and it's not getting better. we've tried creams, compresses, nothing works.

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Nicole - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi Lori,

An old wives tale is that you use your wedding band (preferably 18crt gold) and rub it across the stye.

All so you could try holding a hot cloth on the affected eye to draw the infection out quicker. If you can see the infected lash you could also pluck it out.

Hope this is some help.

Nic

Christine - posted on 07/22/2012

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My daughter also has one. I have had several reports say to get some baby shampoo and put it on a Q-tip and put it directly below the sty. This is a problem because kids do not sit still keep their eyes closed so the shampoo wont sting. That no more tears stuff is crazy water can burn our eyes. So if you can do the shampoo it can help quickly (several times per day) Another way is some apple cider vinegar same procedure. But she must keep her eye closed unless you can try to do it while she is asleep. Good luck. My daughter is crying now because of hers and I have not done anything except put warm cloth on it.

Becky - posted on 07/25/2009

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I teach 6th grade and I had a student who had a stye. Her mom tried the warm cloth, but found a product at Wal Mart called "Stye". She used it and in a day or so it was gone. Worth a try.

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Sara - posted on 07/21/2009

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Well, use warm compresses and gentle massage as others have suggested. If it does not resolve go to the pediatrician. If it is not resolved it can harden and create a permanant node that will have to be removed surgically anyway.

Victoria - posted on 07/21/2009

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Tea! The builders type of tea, not herbal! Warm/hot compress! The tanin in it is a natural antiseptic, I had loads as a child and my mum used tea, I would wrap the tea bag in muslin so that it does not rupture! Wipe from the tear duct of the eye outwards and always use a clean tea bag/muslin each time, should clear up in 5 days, if not i would see a doctor

Carrie - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi Lori...I agree with Nicole...although my dads ring is what we used...it was silver..and we heated it by rubbing it on our pants leg for a second...then touching the sty...have not had one in a long time but from what i remember...it worked instantly...the pain was gone....try it!

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First thing in the morning apply some of your saliva onto the affected area. I have done all these years. I learned it in my home country-Colombia.

Leigh - posted on 07/20/2009

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Thank you ladies, never knew that tea bags could be so versertile (I always chuck soaked tea bags on the brides eyes before I do her makeup), but now will try them on sty's. I've always tried the wedding ring technique.

Kristi - posted on 07/20/2009

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try using a little bit of no tears baby shampoo. Dab a little bit of shampoo on a warm damp wash cloth and gently wipe the irritated area.

Sharon - posted on 07/20/2009

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Take a orange pekoe tea bag and let is steep in boiling water for 2 minutes. Take it out of the water and cool just enough to be able to place it on the eye. Do this 2 or 3 times during the day and you should be able to very very gently lance it. Anything by your eye is so uncomfortable. I hope this works for you... it has for all of our kids and grandkids.

Nichole - posted on 07/20/2009

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The tea bags have to be hot though. But since she is 5 I would try warm.

Nichole - posted on 07/20/2009

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The tea bags have to be hot though. But since she is 5 I would try warm.

Nichole - posted on 07/20/2009

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Tea bags, tea bags, tea bags. I just had one of them suckers 3 weeks ago, I put tea bags on it every few hours for a whole day and it worked great. Within a day no more sty..

Rachel - posted on 07/20/2009

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my 5 year old has regularly had styes in her eyes it's something that the doctor can give her some eye drops for

Sharon - posted on 07/20/2009

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Application of a warm compress or warm washcloth to the affected area for 10 minutes, four to six times a day, can speed rupture of the sty and aid in the relief of symptoms. A sty should not be pressed or squeezed to facilitate drainage. If a sty persists for several days, a doctor may lance (drain) the infection under local anesthesia in his or her office. Children who require surgical drainage of a sty may need a general anesthetic. Antibiotic ointments and/or steroid ointments sometimes are prescribed to treat a sty. Rarely, systemic (oral) antibiotics are recommended for persistent or multiple styes. Over-the-counter pain medications may be used to alleviate pain and tenderness. Contact lenses and eye makeup should never be worn during treatment for a sty.

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