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What are some home remedies for a stye in the eye?

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Dr. Mark Suggs answered

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Heat: Apply heat to the eyelid and wash it with an eyelid cleaner. There are several available commercially, but dilute baby shampoo will also work. Heat a wet wash cloth in the microwave for a short time (15 sec) and if not too hot ( you do not want to damage your skin and the skin on the eyelids is very thin) apply to the sty. The clean it with lid scrubs. Some of these need antibiotics.

Answered 11/11/2018

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Dr. Michael Ham answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Warm compresses: Warm compresses (wash cloth with hot water and hold it on the stye for 5-10 minutes, reheating as needed), or surgical incision and drainage, or steroid have been the only effective treatments demonstrated get rid of a stye. A stye is due to the orifice of an oil gland (mebomian gland) in the eyelid margin becoming inflamed, and not an infection, so antibiotics are not indicated.

Answered 12/9/2013

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