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Can a sty be prevented?

While it is impossible to completely prevent the development of a sty, good hygienic practices, including proper hand washing, can help prevent all forms of infection, including a sty. Other measures that can help prevent styes include

  • never sharing cosmetics or cosmetic eye tools (such as lash curlers or eyelash combs) with others,

  • keeping eye tools clean,

  • discarding old or contaminated eye makeup,

  • keeping all cosmetics clean,

  • not touching the eye and surrounding areas.


Bessette, Michael J. "Hordeolum and Stye in Emergency Medicine." 24 Feb. 2010 <>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/30/2013

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