Understanding Sty -- Treatment
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What Are the Treatments?
While painful and unsightly, most stys heal within a few days on their own or with simple treatment. Chalazia, too, often disappear on their own, but it might take a month or more.
Typical treatment for a sty consists of applying warm compresses to the affected eye for 10 to 15 minutes four times daily for several days. This not only relieves pain and inflammation but also helps the sty ripen faster. Be sure to close your eye while you apply the compresses. When the sty comes to a head, continue applying warm compresses to relieve pressure and promote rupture. Do not squeeze the sty. Let it burst on its own.
If stys recur, your doctor may prescribe an oral antibiotic. Take the antibiotic as directed.
Although a chalazion will often disappear on its own, applying warm compresses may accelerate the healing process. Selected patients may benefit from a direct injection of anti-inflammatory medication to the area. The chalazion can also be removed through simple surgery under a local anesthetic. Your surgeon will usually apply an eyelid bandage for 24 hours.
Medically Reviewed by William C. Lloyd, MD, July 2005.
SOURCES: Bradford, C (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. pp 88-91. The Mayo Clinic.
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