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Sty (cont.)

Sty Medical Treatment

Care is mainly provided to help relieve your symptoms and to hasten recovery.

  • Warm compresses are usually recommended.
  • Pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), may be given or recommended.
  • Antibiotics may be necessary.
    • Topical antibiotics may be prescribed by your ophthalmologist.
    • Occasionally, oral antibiotics are given to people either with styes that do not go away or with multiple styes as well as to those who have styes in addition to other conditions, such as blepharitis or rosacea.
    • People who have rosacea along with a sty may require treatment of their cheeks with an antibiotic cream, an oral antibiotic, or both.
    • Oral or IV antibiotics are usually given if the infection has spread.
  • Your ophthalmologist may remove the pus from a large or painful sty by making a small cut and then draining the pus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/14/2013
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