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I can feel the beginnings of a hordeolum on my lower left eyelid. Is there any OTC medication?

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Dr. Rebecca Dale
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Hot compresses

No otc medication is particularly helpful, but hot compresses frequently are a good first step.

In brief: Hot compresses

No otc medication is particularly helpful, but hot compresses frequently are a good first step.
Dr. Rebecca Dale
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Dr. Theodore Wu
A topical antibiotic such as Bacitracin is often used to kill the bacteria overlying the hordeolum. Call your local ophthalmologist
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
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