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My daughter has had a stye on the inside of her lower lid above

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My daughter has had a stye on the inside of her lower lid above the eyelashes for about 3 weeks. What should we do??
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
A stye occurs when oil glands in your eyelids get blocked, very similar to a pimple. Treatment is to apply warm compresses to the area 3-4 times a day. This helps to soften the blocked oils and allows it to self drain.

Sometimes the stye can cause an infection that spread through the lower eyelid. In this case, antibiotics pills are needed. If you notice the swelling increasing or increasing pain, see your primary care doctor or ophthalmologist for a prescrition.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
If it doesn't go away, what would be the typical antibiotic prescribed? Would it be an oral antibiotic?
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
A combination steroid and antibiotic ointment (such as Tobradex or Maxitrol -- available by prescription) can help the stye if it is caught early. Antibiotic pills would be needed if the infection spreads to the whole eyelid.

Warm compresses is the treatment of choice, so do this 3-4 times a day.

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