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Do styes go away on their own?

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Yes, styes are painful and ugly, but they’re just bumps produced by blocked oil glands on your eyelid and should go away on their own or with simple treatment in a few days.

Chalazia, which look like styes but are actually caused by infected oil glands, often disappear on their own too. However, it could take a month or more for them to go away.

SOURCES: 

Bradford, C (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004.  

The Mayo Clinic. 

Medline Plus: " Eyelid Bump," Chalazion." 

Lederman, C. Pediatr Rev, Aug. 20, 1999.

American Optometric Association: “Chalazion.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on September 12, 2020

SOURCES: 

Bradford, C (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004.  

The Mayo Clinic. 

Medline Plus: " Eyelid Bump," Chalazion." 

Lederman, C. Pediatr Rev, Aug. 20, 1999.

American Optometric Association: “Chalazion.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on September 12, 2020

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