How long should a stye last? This question, though not asked exactly word for word, does seem to find its way into many of the comments left by eye stye suffers. This is a very good question and honestly should be of some concern to many folks. I say “many” because, if you spent anytime reading the comment section of this here eye stye post, many folks are going an extrodoary length of uncomfortable time, with pain and discomfort from which should be nothing more then a common stye. An eye condition that for the most part, last only a short week, though unfortunately a painful week at that.
What is normal? | Just how long should a stye last?
If you do nothing to treat a stye other then your basic everyday personal hygiene, such as washing the face a couple times throughout the day. The healing time should be a week, this is acceptable and normal. No big deal!
Now lets say, it’s the second week, no improvement, stye still there. Is this the time to panic? Be concerned? Maybe, maybe not, no two human bodies will react the same. It’s possible to heal a stye in a few days or just over a week, there is no official “set time” for the healing process to be completed. Although questioning “How long should a stye last?” while going into the second week and beyond is not overreacting either.
Going into the second week and no visible change for the better, or the stye has become visible worse, might be time to have some concern. Ignoring the fact that it is now been fourteen days or more, the eye still hurts, the stye has not changed, saying heck with it, it’ll go away soon may be a mistake. Ask yourself, what and how long is “soon?”
Being “concerned,” is not meant to scary anyone, its just out of the norm for most, to go much longer then a week. Could be time for an intervention by way of visiting a doctor.
How long should a stye last? | Doctor says…
Even among the medical profession, you will likely get as many different answers for this question. If it were me, anything invading me eye for longer then a week, I’m heading to the doctors. Bet on it!
Medical care is expensive and times are tuff. Who wants to spend an extra money at the doctors office? I know I don’t, but one has to weigh out the situation. Continue on with pain, being seen in public with a nasty swollen eye. It could be money well spent.
Family type doctor offices are located in most towns, finding one should not present a problem. Most if not all will usually take walk-in patients, even without medical insurance for a small fee.
Walk-in, see the doctor, he’ll verify that it is in deed an eye stye, tell him your concerns, most likely you’d be walking out with a prescription for a fast cure.
How long should a stye last? As short as possible if it were up to me.