Stye Self-Care at Home
Most styees 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 stye. 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 stye may cause an infection to spread to your cornea with the continued use of your contact lenses.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/18/2015
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