How are sties treated?
Sties can usually be treated at home and should go away in 7 to 10 days. Don’t try any over-the-counter medicines, drops or ointments without talking to your family doctor first.
The following are some things you can do to help your sty go away:
- Put a warm, damp compress on your eye for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day. The compress should be warm but not so hot that it burns your eyelid.
- Keep the area around your eye clean.
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eye.
- Avoid wearing eye makeup or contact lenses while the sty heals.
- Never try to squeeze or pop any bumps near your eye. Doing this can spread infection.
If a sty requires medical treatment, your doctor may use antibiotics, minor surgery to drain the sty or a steroid injection to reduce swelling. Your doctor may also treat any underlying conditions that are causing your sty or making it worse.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff