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Question:
How long should you go if you think you have a stye before seeing a doctor?

Answer:
A stye is an infected eyelid gland. If you do not believe that the eyelid bump is infected, warm compresses applied four times per day for 10 minutes may be effective. Sometimes antibiotic ointments and massage can be helpful. If the bump does not resolve within three to four weeks, is growing or becoming very uncomfortable, or is interfering with your day-to-day activities, you should seek the opinion of your local Eye M.D. You might benefit from a prescription medicine or an in-office surgical procedure.

Answered by: Aaron Weingeist, MDDr. Aaron Weingeist

Categories: Eye Conditions; General Eye Health

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Answered: Nov 23, 2010

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