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Good hand and facial washing may prevent styes from forming or coming back.
Upon awakening, application of a warm washcloth to the eyelids for one to two minutes may be beneficial in decreasing the occurrence of styes by liquefying the contents of the oil glands of the eyelid and thereby preventing blockage.
All cosmetics and cosmetic tools should be kept clean and protected from the environment. Do not share makeup or eye cosmetic tools, such as eyelash curlers. Makeup should be thrown away when it becomes old or contaminated.
Some studies suggest oral flaxseed supplementation may help prevent the occurrence of styes.
Grant G. Gilliland, MD
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