Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Stye Treatment

Most of the time a stye requires little more than supportive care before resolving in about 7 to 10 days. Treatment for a stye may include gentle cleansing of the eyelid, warm compresses, and antibiotic ointment. Occasionally, minor surgery is required to drain pus from a stye. However, most small styes will resolve without surgery.

Specific treatment for a stye may include:

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Stye Questions For Doctor

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Do I need surgery?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for another stye?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Stye Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a stye:

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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