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hiw can I get rid of an eye stye that I have had for four days

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hiw can I get rid of an eye stye that I have had for four days? the lid is really swollen
Hello and thanks for your question. Most styes will go away with doing hot compresses 4x/day, 10 minutes each time, as hot as you can tolerate without burning your skin (it should stay that hot the entire 10 minutes), but it may take up to 2-3 weeks of doing that before it goes away; you should also massage the bump while the hot compress is on it. If after 2-3 weeks it has not resolved then it may need to be cut open by your ophthalmologist if you want it gone still.


Now that being said, if the swelling gets dramatically worse, is accompanied by redness and even fever, or if there is significant yellowish-greenish discharge from the eye or the eye becomes significantly red or the vision starts to become significantly affected, then you should see your ophthalmologist right away as these are signs of possible infection.



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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
there was some puss that came out of it yesterday and it is red. Would it benfit to see a regular GP in stead as our local eye doctor is closed today?

I think if it is draining, then that is the desired effect and you should continue with the hot compresses, but if it stops draining and becomes more red and painful or is accompanied by fevers, then a trip to the GP should be in order.


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