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What is better for treating a stye in the eye, antibiotics or not?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
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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.
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Warm compresses

Warm compresses 3-4 x per day will help to open up the stye.

In brief: Warm compresses

Warm compresses 3-4 x per day will help to open up the stye.
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