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Forum Name: Pediatric Topics
Question: Are styes contagious?
|gin_E_lin - Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:16 am|
My 10-year old son came home Friday from school with a sty. His school nurse told him to apply a warm wet cloth to it, which we have been doing. Today, Monday, his eye is almost swollen shut. Besides his eye, he is otherwise ok. Should I send him to school tomorrow?
Thanks for any response!
|Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:40 pm|
Styes are caused by infection of a follicle so it could be spread to others. Good hygiene, avoiding sharing washcloths, and washing hands frequently will likely prevent its spread.
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:20 am|
If his eye remains swollen in the morning I would recommend he see his doctor. Generally warm compresses are good for styes; however, this may be a different infection that needs an antibiotic eye drop to help clear up.
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