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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