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What should I do about my stye?

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A stye is a small, red, tender bump inside or outside your eyelid. Because the stye looks like a pimple, you might want to squeeze it. Don't do that. It can make things worse. If the stye is sore, you can try a pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin).

Don't wear eye makeup, and switch to glasses if you wear contacts. After the stye has healed, make sure you clean and disinfect your contact lenses in the solutions recommended by your eye doctor. Better yet, switch to a new pair of lenses.

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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