How to apply hot compress to the eye?

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Fidelis K, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. Fidelis K

    Fidelis K Guest

    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.
    Fidelis K, Oct 27, 2006
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    ODtobe Guest

    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.

    ODtobe, Oct 27, 2006
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  3. 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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    LarryDoc Guest

    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

    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.
    LarryDoc, Oct 28, 2006
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    Charles O Guest

    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.
    Charles O, Oct 28, 2006
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    Fidelis K Guest

    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.
    Fidelis K, Oct 28, 2006
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    LarryDoc Guest

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

    LB, O.D.
    LarryDoc, Oct 29, 2006
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