How to Care for a Sty

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A sty is a bacterial infection that occurs inside an oil gland near the base of your eyelid. Sties are usually benign and almost never cause damage to the eye or to vision. A sty should not be confused with a blocked tear duct.

Difficulty:
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Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloths
    • 1

      Wash your hands with soap and water before touching the eye area.

    • 2

      Soak a clean washcloth in warm or hot water.

    • 3

      Wring it out and place it directly on the affected eyelid. Make sure to keep the eye closed.

    • 4

      Keep the washcloth on the eyelid for about 10 minutes.

    • 5

      Repeat this three to four times a day for best results.

    • 6

      Continue the warm soaks until the sty comes to a head and drains.

    • 7

      Do not touch or squeeze the sty. This can cause the infection to spread.

    • 8

      See a doctor if the sty is still there after two days of self-care, if you have any eye pain, if the sty appears to be getting larger and spreading over the eyelid, or if you have questions or concerns.

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