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What is the best tx for a sty?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Neglect

Most styes will go away on their own in a couple weeks.
A 17th century medical book recommended rubbing the stye daily with a gold ring. It worked but not because the ring did anything! some experts recommend hot compresses to make it mature sooner. If the stye ruptures you may need some antibiotic drops if it causes a conjunctival infection.

In brief: Neglect

Most styes will go away on their own in a couple weeks.
A 17th century medical book recommended rubbing the stye daily with a gold ring. It worked but not because the ring did anything! some experts recommend hot compresses to make it mature sooner. If the stye ruptures you may need some antibiotic drops if it causes a conjunctival infection.
Dr. Robert Stuart
Dr. Robert Stuart
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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology

In brief: Warm compresses

Apply a warm wet washclothe to your eyelid four times per day.
If this does not cause the stye to resolve, see an ophthalmologist.

In brief: Warm compresses

Apply a warm wet washclothe to your eyelid four times per day.
If this does not cause the stye to resolve, see an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad
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