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Sty (cont.)

Sty Self-Care at Home

Most styes go away on their own in five to seven days.

  • Apply warm compresses four to six times a day for about 15 minutes at a time to help the drainage. Keep your eyes closed.
  • Gently scrub the eyelid with tap water or with a mild, nonirritating soap, or shampoo (such as baby shampoo). This may help with drainage. Close your eyes as you scrub so you do not injure your eyes.
  • Do not squeeze or puncture the sty. A more serious infection may occur as a result.
  • Discontinue the use of eye makeup as well as eye lotions and creams because they may be infected.
  • Discontinue wearing your contact lenses because the sty may cause an infection to spread to your cornea with the continued use of your contact lenses.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/14/2013
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