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Antibiotic drops or ointment are not the indicated treatment for styes or, for that matter, pink eye. Many physicians, however, still prescribe antibiotics for pink eye -- which is a virus and is unaffected by antibiotics (which are for treating bacteria) -- for reasons that are unclear to me.
Because a stye is sorta like an abcess, the antibiotic will not get in to where the problem is. What, then, you might ask, should be done? Well, I have some thoughts on that for you :o)
The most common cause for an isolated bump on the eyelid is a chalazion or a stye. These bumps form when a gland in your eyelid gets plugged up and possibly infected. It is very often associated with a condition called blepharitis.
The treatment for this condition, however, is not antibiotics but rather cleaning the eyelids with baby shampoo. Buy some unscented baby shampoo and, in the shower, but th shampoo on your index fingers. Close your eyes, and raise your eyelids (to get skin out of the way) and scrub back and forth along your EYELASH margin. This is where the gland openings are located. The warm water will soften the gunk in the plugged glands, the friction and pressure of your fingers will massage the glands, forcing the gunk out and the shampoo will wash it away. You can also use warm compress to the affected lids during the day as your schedule allows.
This treatment will help to treat the bump on your eyelid while at the same time solving your underlying blepharitis. The lump may take many weeks to go away but you should notice some improvement in a few days or so.
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