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Fidelis K
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      10-27-2006, 07:58 PM
I have a tiny sty on the right eyelid. My doc told me to apply hot compress
3 times a day and it should go away. My question: How to apply hot compress?
I have never done that before.


 
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      10-27-2006, 09:36 PM
Best way that I know how to do it is with a baby sock filled with rice
(not instant). The small sock will fit nicely in the socket of a closed
eye. Warm the sock in the microwave for about 30 sec or so, check
before application, and let it set on your eye for a while. The rice
holds heat really well and will stay warm for several minutes. As I am
sure he told you apply heat as hot as you can stand it, as long as you
can stand it and as many times as you can stand it to get rid of it
quick. By all means DO NOT POP A STYE, if you do, a probable eye
infection will ensue, and possible brain infection in some cases.

Thanks,
Matt

On Oct 27, 2:58 pm, "Fidelis K" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> I have a tiny sty on the right eyelid. My doc told me to apply hot compress
> 3 times a day and it should go away. My question: How to apply hot compress?
> I have never done that before.


 
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William Wagner
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      10-27-2006, 10:27 PM
In article <(E-Mail Removed). com>,
http://www.optometryforums.com/(E-Mail Removed) wrote:

> Best way that I know how to do it is with a baby sock filled with rice
> (not instant). The small sock will fit nicely in the socket of a closed
> eye. Warm the sock in the microwave for about 30 sec or so, check
> before application, and let it set on your eye for a while. The rice
> holds heat really well and will stay warm for several minutes. As I am
> sure he told you apply heat as hot as you can stand it, as long as you
> can stand it and as many times as you can stand it to get rid of it
> quick. By all means DO NOT POP A STYE, if you do, a probable eye
> infection will ensue, and possible brain infection in some cases.
>
> Thanks,
> Matt
>
> On Oct 27, 2:58 pm, "Fidelis K" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> > I have a tiny sty on the right eyelid. My doc told me to apply hot compress
> > 3 times a day and it should go away. My question: How to apply hot compress?
> > I have never done that before.


Wow this really scared me. All I ever did was apply a warm face cloth
several times. Not scalding just warm and when it cooled I'd repeat.
Luckily I only had 4 in my 60 year life. They do hurt like hades.
Stupid me thought it was a pimple. Not good ...seems the heat may
increase the circulation and it dissolves internally.


Bill who never heard of eye infections but knows too much about
Starghart's disease .

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      10-28-2006, 04:09 AM
In article <cxt0h.116$(E-Mail Removed)>,
"Fidelis K" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I have a tiny sty on the right eyelid. My doc told me to apply hot compress
> 3 times a day and it should go away. My question: How to apply hot compress?
> I have never done that before.


The doctor told you to do compresses and didn't bother to explain how to
do it? Whoops.

The rice in the sock method is fine, except it is dry heat and moist
heat works somewhat better. But is works. If you dampen the sock, you
end up with a mess. Try a hot/cold gel pack heated in hot water or the
microwave oven and put a rung-out wet wash cloth over it. Or cut a
small potato in half, heat it in the microwave and cover it with a moist
wash cloth. When you're done with the potato, finish cooking it and eat
it.

The "old way" is to hang out with a pot of hot water, add wash cloth,
wring it out and apply. Re-soak cloth when it cools, likely about every
30-45 seconds.

The goal is to apply warm to hot compress (not hot enough to hurt!) for
5 minutes (or up to 10 if you've got the time and patience) three or
more times each day until the stye is gone.

Caveat: if the condition worsens or if you develop an eye infection with
red eyes and discharge, see your doctor ASAP. If you have pain, foreign
body ("feels like there's something in there") or are sensitive to
light, make that contact with your doctor immediately. That's very
unlikely to happen, but *just in case.........*.

LB, O.D.
 
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Charles O
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      10-28-2006, 11:28 AM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, LarryDoc
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> The doctor told you to do compresses and didn't bother to explain how to
> do it? Whoops.


He must have the same doctor I had. Course I should have asked. I ended
up running hot water over a washcloth and putting that over my eye for
a week. It worked.

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Fidelis K
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      10-28-2006, 09:54 PM

"LarryDoc" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:larrybic-
> The doctor told you to do compresses and didn't bother to explain how to
> do it? Whoops.
> The "old way" is to hang out with a pot of hot water, add wash cloth,
> wring it out and apply. Re-soak cloth when it cools, likely about every
> 30-45 seconds.


That was what he told me and it really didn't work well. I asked my
pediatrician aunt and she told me to use a potato. I laughed but tried it
anyway. It was SO EFFECTIVE! The stye is almost gone.


 
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      10-29-2006, 02:15 AM
In article <ckQ0h.2419$(E-Mail Removed)>,
"Fidelis K" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> "LarryDoc" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:larrybic-
> > The doctor told you to do compresses and didn't bother to explain how to
> > do it? Whoops.
> > The "old way" is to hang out with a pot of hot water, add wash cloth,
> > wring it out and apply. Re-soak cloth when it cools, likely about every
> > 30-45 seconds.

>
> That was what he told me and it really didn't work well. I asked my
> pediatrician aunt and she told me to use a potato. I laughed but tried it
> anyway. It was SO EFFECTIVE! The stye is almost gone.


I know, the PM (potato method) really gets a chuckle! I wonder if
perhaps the laughing is what cures the stye ;-)

LB, O.D.
 
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