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I got a sty 2-4 months ago on my upper right eyelid, when it started hurting a lot. I then put hot compresses everyday and hoped for the sty to disappear, which unfortunately, did not happen. Then, I visited my eye doctor who advised me to put on an ointment and continue with the hot compresses. Even when i followed his instructions, my sty did not decrease in size or go away. It does not hurt. What should i do to get rid of my sty as soon as possible?

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A few sties are resistant to antibiotic treatment and hence require further treatment to remove them. As the sty is presently painless , it means that the bacteria has been more or less removed from the sty and treatment needs to focused on removal of swelling.

Sties are very common problems which occur when one of the glands at the edge of the eyelid becomes clogged. They further get infected with bacteria called Staph. Aureus They can be very stubborn and take a while to clear up, from weeks to months. Most of the time, no specific medical treatment other than warm compresses is needed, which should be applied multiple times throughout the day to help the sty come to a head and drain out.

1)Often when the sty does not have spontaneous resolution, a numbing agent like topical Lignocaine is applied on the swelling. This will help in easing the irritation of the sty.

2)Application of a warm compress or warm washcloth to the affected area for 10-15 minutes, four to six times a day should be continued for speed rupture of the sty. This will aid in the relief of symptoms. A sty should not be pressed or squeezed to facilitate drainage, since this can spread or worsen the infection.

3)make sure you don’t wear contact lenses on the eye with sty.

4)Eat a good balanced diet with good portion of proteins carbohydrates and vitamins. Consume diet rich in green leafy vegetables and milk.

If the sty does not rupture or heal spontaneously, you can consult an ophthalmologist for Lancet dissection. It is a minor OPD procedure where the sty is removed with a surgical lancet under local anesthesia.

Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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