Stye in my eye and it hurts like heck!

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   Posted 9/14/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
yay for me!  I developed a stye infection in my eye a few days ago.  I think i've had this eye infection once before when i was a teenager, but it never hurt like this.  My whole right side of my face aches and i'm popping tylenol as much as I can.  I'm doing the warm washrag thing, and it helps a little.  I feel like I can barely function, it hurts so bad (i'm such a baby).  Does anyone know anything that can help relieve it?  How long should I wait before I see a dr?  Is this common because of all the immunosuppressents i'm on?  I need help before I remove my eye with a spoon...
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   Posted 9/14/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one last week, I seem to be prone to them too. They are soooo not fun. I had 3-4 nights of no sleep because having your eye shut hurts even more!

I think there is stuff OTC you can buy to help with the pain, but it doesn't heal them up any faster. I usually stick to warm compresses, and wait it out. But if it gets too bad, wouldn't hurt to see a doc. Hope it drains and goes away soon!
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   Posted 9/15/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband tends to be prone to getting a stye on the eyelid, usually if he spends too much time in a high wind. They generally only last 2-3 days w/warm compresses. HOWEVER, he did have one that got so painful (and so large) I pushed him into going to our family doctor who IMMEDIATELY sent him to an ophthalmologist that same day to have it lanced and they even ran a culture on the exudate. 4 days is long enough w/that kind of pain, see your doctor about it.
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   Posted 9/15/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If this is your first experiance with them you should really get a doc to look at it, you could probably get a RX for it, why suffer if you don't have to.

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Melissa H
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   Posted 9/15/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lavender,
Here's what works for me and my kids whenever we get one:  You'll need any brand of tear-free baby wash/shampoo (it's very inexpensive if you don't already have some), a q-tip, and a warm washclothe.
Put a bit of the baby wash on a wet q-tip, pull the skin below or above your eye to expose the stye and wash it very well with the q-tip.  This shouldn't sting with the baby wash, as it is tear free and safe for your eyes.  Use the warm washclothe to clean away the soap.  You should start to feel better after that.  If necessary, repeat the next day.
What my doctor explained to me was that a stye is a clogged tear duct, and by gently "scrubbing" away whatever is clogging it, clears it up.
All the best!

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