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Eyelids - Stye

A stye, or hordeolum, is a bacterial infection of a gland along the edge of the eyelid (usually near an eyelash follicle). The result is a small, itchy red bump at the lash line. The doctors at Bonner Eye Clinic can help confirm the diagnosis for you. Sties may eventually drain and heal on their own, usually in about one week.

Stye Treatment

The first step in easing your discomfort and encouraging the stye to drain is to apply a warm compress to the area, usually three to four times a day. This can help bring the pimple-like bump to a head. If the stye does not drain on its own, we can prescribe an antibiotic ointment. In some cases, we may use an alternate medication or oral antibiotics instead. Rarely, an in-office procedure is needed to physically drain and remove the stye. 
 
You should never attempt to puncture or squeeze a stye, because this can spread infection and lead to further complications. Instead, if you do not find relief from warm compresses, please seek additional care from one of the doctors at Bonner Eye Clinic. A stye itself is not usually a serious condition but, if left untreated, excessive irritation or complication could occur. 
 
The doctors at Bonner Eye Clinic can help you to determine whether you have a stye. We can also prescribe an appropriate medication if you need one. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!
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(218) 326-3433 
 
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(218) 262-3156 
 
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