Stye Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Dany Paul Baby, MD on April 22, 2022
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  • Most styes go away on their own in about a week.
  • Apply a warm compress for 5 to 10 minutes several times a day. Use a clean washcloth or towel soaked in warm water. Keep eyes closed.
  • Keep the area clean and avoid touching or rubbing the eyes.
  • Don't squeeze the sty.

In most cases, styes don't require medical care. 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.
  • The person also has fever or chills.
  • The person develops vision problems.
  • The person has recurring styes.
  • The entire eyelid or eye itself is red or swollen.
  • Redness spreads to around the eye or the cheek.
  • The person has an abnormal immune system (for example, people with diabetes or HIV, patients receiving treatment for cancer, organ transplant recipients).