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Over the counter for a eye sty?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Local heat
If you detect a stye beginning (red lid margin, white dot on the margin, local tenderness, diffuse swelling of the lid), then the best thing is heat.
Put a wash cloth under the warm (not hot) water tap and apply to the eye for 4 minutes 5 times per day. This will usually get rid of it. Topical ointments and drops usually do not help even if labeled for stye.

In brief: Local heat
If you detect a stye beginning (red lid margin, white dot on the margin, local tenderness, diffuse swelling of the lid), then the best thing is heat.
Put a wash cloth under the warm (not hot) water tap and apply to the eye for 4 minutes 5 times per day. This will usually get rid of it. Topical ointments and drops usually do not help even if labeled for stye.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: DryEyes/lacrilubeNP
It is basically an ophthalmic lubricant.
Often styes will heal on their own w/o treatment. Warm compresses may speed up the extrusion of pus from external stye. Internal styes can be uncomfortable, but often also heal on their own. At times, topical antibiotics are needed, but not too often. If too uncomfortable or getting worse, consult your doc.. Good luck..

In brief: DryEyes/lacrilubeNP
It is basically an ophthalmic lubricant.
Often styes will heal on their own w/o treatment. Warm compresses may speed up the extrusion of pus from external stye. Internal styes can be uncomfortable, but often also heal on their own. At times, topical antibiotics are needed, but not too often. If too uncomfortable or getting worse, consult your doc.. Good luck..
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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