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Child suffering from frequent styes in eyes. Blood work showed reduced iron levels, constantly touches the face with dirty hands. What could be the cause?

My 5 year old son is constantly getting styes in his eyes. Last week he had one on the upper lid of his left eye it popped and puss came out of it and then dried up and disappeared. This week he has another stye on the same eye but on the lower lid. It is full of puss and not yet popped. They are very painful to him. He also had routine bloodwork recently and his iron levels were slightly low could the stye and low iron be associated with each other somehow?.....or is the stye just him constantly touching his face with dirty hands?...thank you
Asked On : Tue, 19 Jun 2012
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response
Hi Lezza,
Lid hygiene ( J& J baby shampoo scrubbing,with an antibiotic ointment twice a day as per your ophthalmologists advice,with warm water compresses at least for a period of 30 days) is what is going to keep the recurrent Styes away from him.
Yes, children who rub their eyes often after exposure to dust are definitely more prone for recurrence.
And do rule out any refractive error on your next eye checkup .

Hope he feels better soon.:)
Answered: Tue, 19 Jun 2012
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