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Internal hordeoulum (sty) is a common eyelid problem.
A sty usually resolves on its own, but can turn into a chronic problem called a chalazion. If warm compresses aren't doing the trick you could try to gently massage the area of the sty.
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The chronic chalazion develops when the built up material in the sty hardens. This will leave a permanent hard nodule which would have to be cut to remove.
We want to avoid this chalazion problem.
If warm compresses and the massage still doesn't take care of it after a day or two I would suggest being seen by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
how long does a stye usually last
(S)he will likely prescribe an oral antibiotic pill to help the infection.
The sty should resolve in 7-10 days on its own or it would likely require a more aggressive treatment.
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it started about 6 days ago and started to use warm towel on it about 3 days ago, it's not getting bigger but not smaller either,
Usually I like to give it several days. It now being about a week and still no improvement, may be time to get it looked at. Again, the chronic form of a stye is much more difficult to manage and is best to avoid all together.
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