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How Long Does It Take for a Stye to Go Away?

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Close up of eye stye on young girls eye

Styes can be quite uncomfortable and irritating. If you take care to perform proper hygiene while you have a stye, they can go away in a matter of days. In some severe cases, you may need to get the stye drained by a doctor. Book an appointment today with Mission Optometry for an eye examination if you are seeking more information on styes.

What is a Stye?

A stye is a red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid that may look like a boil or a pimple. A stye usually forms on the outside of your eyelid, but sometimes it can form on the inner part of your eyelid.

In most cases, a stye will begin to disappear on its own in a couple of days. In the meantime, you can relieve some of the pain and discomfort of a stye by applying a warm washcloth or compress to your eyelid.


Some signs and symptoms of a stye are:

What Causes a Stye?

A stye is caused by an infection of oil glands in the eyelid. The bacterium staphylococcus is most commonly responsible for these infections.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for styes include:

Optometrist doing eye exam on man with stye on his eye


Your doctor will usually diagnose a stye simply by looking at your eyelid. Your doctor might also use a light and a magnifying device to examine your eyelid in more detail.

How Long Does a Stye Take to Go Away?

If you can practice good hygiene and use a warm compress or washcloth, a stye can disappear in a few days. If the stye persists longer than normal, you may have to get it drained of its pus by a doctor.

Treatment Options

In most cases, a stye will not require specific treatment, but using warm compresses can hasten the healing. A stye will typically go away on its own.

For a stye that persists, your doctor may recommend treatments such as:

Home Remedies

Until your stye goes away on its own, try to:

Preventing Styes

To prevent eye infections:


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