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Are home remedies effective for a Sty (Stye)?

The best home remedy is to apply a warm compress as often as possible. It is important to remember that a chalazion may take months to resolve completely.

What is the prognosis for a Sty (Stye)?

A hordeolum may resolve in a matter of days, while a chalazion may take months. Both types of stys should resolve completely once the plugged gland drains. If an infection sets in, medical treatment will be necessary.

Recurrence is likely if chronic underlying conditions aren't addressed. In the case of meibomitis, your eye doctor will likely recommend daily cleansing of the eyelids and eyelashes with a gentle soap (such as baby shampoo). Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet or from supplements may also help improve the flow of the sebum. Small doses of oral doxycycline are prescribed for acne rosacea and meibomitis in some patients.

Can a Sty (Stye) be prevented?

The best prevention is to keep the eyelids and eyelashes clean. A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids is associated with improvement of meibomian gland function.


Ben Simon, G. J., et al. "Intralesional triamcinolone acetonide injection versus incision and curettage for primary chalazia: a prospective, randomized study." American Journal of Ophthalmology 151.4 (2011): 714-718.

Driver, P. J. and M. A. Lemp. "Meibomian gland dysfunction." Survey of Ophthalmology 40.5 (1996): 343-367.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2013

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