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Do you need medicine for your stye?

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A stye is a small, red, tender bump inside or outside your eyelid. If the stye won't go away on its own or if you have trouble seeing, your doctor may give you an antibiotic cream or drain the stye after numbing the area around it.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Styes -- How You Can Avoid Them and Best Treatment Tips."

National Health Service (UK), NHS Choices: "Stye."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Causes Chalazia and Styes?"

KidsHealth: "Styes."

Mayo Clinic: "Sty."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chalazia and Stye Treatment."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on March 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Styes -- How You Can Avoid Them and Best Treatment Tips."

National Health Service (UK), NHS Choices: "Stye."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Causes Chalazia and Styes?"

KidsHealth: "Styes."

Mayo Clinic: "Sty."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chalazia and Stye Treatment."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on March 30, 2020

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