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When should you call your doctor about your stye?

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A stye is a small, red, tender bump inside or outside your eyelid. You shouldn't have to see your doctor for a stye, but it's a good idea to make an appointment if:

  • It doesn't get better after a few days, or it gets worse.
  • Your eye (not just your eyelid) hurts a lot.
  • You can't see well.
  • Your eyelid swells, turns very red, and won't open completely.
  • You keep getting styes.

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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