Treatments of Sty

In most cases, a sty or stye doesn’t require specific treatment. A sty typically goes away on its own. Recurrences are common.

For a sty that persists, your doctor may recommend treatments, such as:
  • Antibiotics. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eyedrops or a topical antibiotic cream to apply to your eyelid. If your eyelid infection persists or spreads beyond your eyelid, your doctor may recommend antibiotics in tablet or pill form.
  • Surgery to relieve pressure. If your sty doesn’t clear up, your doctor may make a small cut in it to drain the pus. This helps speed healing and relieve the pain and swelling.

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