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Stye Treatment and Home Remedies

Is There a Home Remedy for a Stye?

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Most styes will drain and resolve on their own without the need for medical treatment. Application of a warm compresses or washcloth to the eye for 10-15 minutes, four to six times a day, can be an effective home treatment and speed drainage of the stye, also sometimes spelled sty or called a "hordeolum." This home care will aid in symptom relief for the condition. A stye should not be pressed or squeezed to facilitate drainage, since this can spread or worsen the bacterial infection.

What Is the Treatment for a Stye (Sty)?

If a stye persists for several days, a healthcare professional may drain the infection with a minor procedure under local anesthesia in his or her office. Babies or children who require surgical drainage of a stye may need a general anesthetic. Antibiotic ointments and/or steroid ointments sometimes are prescribed to treat a stye. Rarely, an oral antibiotic is recommended for persistent or multiple styes. Over-the-counter pain medications may be used to alleviate pain and tenderness in the eyelid that come with the condition. Contact lenses and eye makeup should never be worn during treatment for a stye.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/23/2017

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