Sty (Stye) - Treatments

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What is the treatment for a sty? Is there a home remedy for a sty?

Most styes will drain and resolve on their own without the need for medical treatment. Application of a warm compress or warm washcloth to the affected area for 10-15 minutes, four to six times a day, can be an effective home remedy and speed rupture of the sty. This will aid in the relief of symptoms. A sty should not be pressed or squeezed to facilitate drainage, since this can spread or worsen the infection. If a sty persists for several days, a doctor may lance (drain) the infection under local anesthesia in his or her office. Babies or children who require surgical drainage of a sty may need a general anesthetic. Antibiotic ointments and/or steroid ointments sometimes are prescribed to treat a sty. Rarely, systemic (oral) antibiotics are recommended for persistent or multiple styes. Over-the-counter pain medications may be used to alleviate pain and tenderness. Contact lenses and eye makeup should never be worn during treatment for a sty.

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Comment from: beeme, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I'm almost 40 and this is my first stye. I work in an industry where I'm very visible and my appearance is often judged. I woke up with my eye swollen shut. I couldn't get a doctor's appointment. And thank goodness for the young lady that shared the gold ring trick. I literally took my wedding ring off, cleaned it and rubbed the stye and within seconds it began to drain! It hurt badly but it totally worked! It was a little gross too.

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Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I had a sty which hurt really bad. A friend told me to get a tea bag and dip in hot water and place over the eye for about five minutes. The thing popped and went away, I was so relieved. Now I got a new one came up last night and I"m fixing to do it again.

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