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When should I see a doctor about my stye?

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In most cases, styes don't require medical care. However, you should call your health care provider if:


• The stye doesn't heal in a week or 10 days.

• The stye becomes more painful or swollen after several days of home treatment.

• You also have fever or chills.

• You start to have vision problems.

• Your styes keep coming back.

• The entire eyelid or eye itself is red or swollen.

• Redness spreads to around the eye or the cheek.

• You have s an abnormal immune system (for example, people with diabetes or HIV, folks receiving treatment for cancer, and people who've had an organ transplant recipients).

From: Stye Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Sty."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chalazion and Sty."

HealthyChildren: "Eye Problems."

UpToDate. 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Sty."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chalazion and Sty."

HealthyChildren: "Eye Problems."

UpToDate. 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

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