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Health Tip: Treat Your Sty
(HealthDay News) -- A sty is a swollen, painful bump that forms on the edge of the eyelid. Although it causes some discomfort, it typically isn't serious and is easy to treat.
A sty can produce discharge, tearing, crusting on the eyelid and a scratchy feeling in the eye.
A sty usually goes away in seven-to-10 days with proper treatment, the American Academy of Family Physicians says.
Here are the academy's suggestions for treating a sty:
Apply a warm, damp compress for 10 minutes, three or four times daily.
Keep the area near your eye clean.
Avoid touching your eye.
Don't use eye makeup or contact lenses while the sty heals.
Do not squeeze any bump near your eye. Doing so can spread an infection.
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