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Old 12-30-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Katz, it's been a few years but I bought a tube of ointment specifically labeled for styes.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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Sounds like it may be time to call your doctor.

You may have the kind of blepharitis that requires an oral antibiotic.

Best of luck, I know this is painful.

Blepharitis, Stye and Chalazion

this may be a chalazion and they require topical or oral antibiotic ointment and occasionally lancing---any walk in clinic or fast track emergency room area should be able to do this---had them and they do get worse if not medicated--
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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this may be a chalazion and they require topical or oral antibiotic ointment and occasionally lancing---any walk in clinic or fast track emergency room area should be able to do this---had them and they do get worse if not medicated--
My thoughts exactly
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I had a stubborn one under my upper eyelid, went to the walk in clinic and got a 10 day supply of Bactrim. It's all better now.

A stye is caused by a staph infection, so just make sure you wash your hands after touching your eye.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Thanks for all the replies. I have had this sty for 13 days now and it's not noticeably better. It definitely is not as painful as it was for the first couple of days, but it's not a great deal smaller. It gets a kind of a head on it which then seems to drain (although I've not actually been aware of it draining). Then it looks like it's starting to kind of shrivel up for a day, maybe. Then, we're pretty much back to square one again. I've been hot-packing it several times a day since I first got it, but haven't actually been to see a doctor. Have I been patient long enough? I just hate going to a doctor just to hear, "Keep hot-packing it. That will be $75 please."

Also, should I just go to (1) a walk-in clinic, (2) an opthamologist, or (3) a dermatologist? Which one would be the most likely to be able to help me?
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I used a walk in clinic (urgent care center). I pretty much demanded some antibiotics, but sometimes that's what you have to do.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I used a walk in clinic (urgent care center). I pretty much demanded some antibiotics, but sometimes that's what you have to do.
You know, I really suck at "demanding" stuff from doctors; could you come with me? I think I'm going to go to an urgent care place near me today, and I'll do my best to put your advice to good use. Did the antibiotics work?
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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Thanks for all the replies. I have had this sty for 13 days now and it's not noticeably better. It definitely is not as painful as it was for the first couple of days, but it's not a great deal smaller. It gets a kind of a head on it which then seems to drain (although I've not actually been aware of it draining). Then it looks like it's starting to kind of shrivel up for a day, maybe. Then, we're pretty much back to square one again. I've been hot-packing it several times a day since I first got it, but haven't actually been to see a doctor. Have I been patient long enough? I just hate going to a doctor just to hear, "Keep hot-packing it. That will be $75 please."

Also, should I just go to (1) a walk-in clinic, (2) an opthamologist, or (3) a dermatologist? Which one would be the most likely to be able to help me?
You can call me a self expert. No idea why, but I get at least one a year. A cycle that has gone on for more that 25 years now Most will resolve in a few days to a week but a few of the nasty ones have become a chalazion. Thats what it sounds like you have going now. Here is my treatment for you and its an easy one. Microwaved moist hot towels. Its really important that it be moist heat. (Again - not a doc here, this is all just from experience) Sorry to tell you - the longest I've had one take to completely resolve (it would flair then settle down) was over a year. I do really suggest that you go to an doctor and at least get a diagnosis. Its expensive but I would suggest an opthomologist. Yea - I know, it is frustrating and expensive but its your EYES and it IS better to know than to speculate. Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:43 PM
 
Location: not where you are
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auntieannie68....this may be a chalazion and they require topical or oral antibiotic ointment and occasionally lancing---any walk in clinic or fast track emergency room area should be able to do this---had them and they do get worse if not medicated--
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southernnaturelover.... I had a stubborn one under my upper eyelid, went to the walk in clinic and got a 10 day supply of Bactrim. It's all better now.

A stye is caused by a staph infection, so just make sure you wash your hands after touching your eye.
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You can call me a self expert. No idea why, but I get at least one a year. A cycle that has gone on for more that 25 years now Most will resolve in a few days to a week but a few of the nasty ones have become a chalazion. Thats what it sounds like you have going now. Here is my treatment for you and its an easy one. Microwaved moist hot towels. Its really important that it be moist heat. (Again - not a doc here, this is all just from experience) Sorry to tell you - the longest I've had one take to completely resolve (it would flair then settle down) was over a year. I do really suggest that you go to an doctor and at least get a diagnosis. Its expensive but I would suggest an opthomologist. Yea - I know, it is frustrating and expensive but its your EYES and it IS better to know than to speculate. Good luck!

What they said. I've had cream prescribed, last time doctor gave me Bepreve (bepotastine besilate) I was getting repetive flare ups, but then I'm allery prone to lots of things, make-up being one of the things I've become highly allergic to in the past few years. Check your eye make-up. I stopped getting the serious flare-ups once I stopped using eye liner and mainly mascara. So far the only mascara not causing serious issues for me is Loreals bare essentials.

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Old 01-08-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Perhaps you have an infected tear duct(s) and not a sty. I agree you need to go to an urgent care clinic if your doctor is still not available.
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