Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.
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A sty is an inflammation of an eyelash follicle that forms at the edge of the eyelid. Each eyelash follicle has a sebaceous gland that secretes oil to keep the skin of the eyelids soft and pliable. Occasionally a bacterial infection affects a sebaceous gland and spreads to the eyelash follicle. The sty abscess begins with pain, redness, and swelling and gradually forms a yellow spot or head in the center. In some cases, multiple sties may form, causing intense pain.
Sties can be treated by applying a warm, clean, moist cloth to the affected eye for about ten minutes, four times a day. The abscess should not be squeezed, as this will spread the infection. If the sty fails to go away after a couple of days, you should contact your physician to discuss chalazion treatment in Detroit. He or she can prescribe antibiotic, or if necessary, use a lancet to open the sty and allow it to drain. Once the pus is discharged, the pain should subside.
If you would like to discuss chalazion treatment options in Detroit with Dr. Weingarten, please contact our office by calling (248) 650-2255. We would be more than happy to assist you with your eye care needs.