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How to treat a sty

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How to treat a sty

December 29, 2011

A sty is an bump on the eyelid, usually caused by a blocked eyelash gland that has gotten infected.  It is especially common in children, and typically causes a scratching sensation when opening and closing the eye.  It can frequently be treated at home without necessarily consulting a physician.  Use a warm washcloth to heat and soften the sty, applying for 5-10 minutes 3 to 4 times per day.  Take any contacts out and do not apply mascara while the sty is present.  Change to a new pair of contacts and purchase another tube of mascara once the sty resolves.  Be careful not to directly touch your eye or squeeze the sty, as this could spread the infection.  Seek medical care if the sty lasts longer than 10 to 14 days, causes the eyelid to swell shut, becomes increasingly painful or warm, is accompanied by pus, blood, blisters or fever, causes visual changes or continues to recur.  A physician will usually prescribe an antibiotic in many of these cases, and sometimes will have to resort to surgical drainage or a cortisone injection to promote healing…..Richard R Samuel, MD     Family Practice and Urgent Care   Hayden, ID  USA

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