An eye stye can be treated at home by applying a very warm compress for about 10 minutes per time, 3 to 4 times daily. using a wet, clean washcloth on the tender area. This treatment will aid in the suppuration of the stye; suppuration refers to the forming of a head on an infection, and the heat from the compress speeds up the white blood cells to fight the infection. Your physician may prescribe the application of antibiotic drops or antibiotic cream for the stye. If you have frequent styes, the prescription of an antibiotic ointment will prevent their recurrence. Answer A stye should not be confused with a chalazion, which is a different type of eyelid bump. Often mistaken for a stye, a chalazion is an enlarged, blocked oil gland in the eyelid. A chalazion mimics a stye for the first few days, and then turns into a painless, hard, round bump. Most chalazia develop further from the edge of the eyelid than does a stye.Although the same treatment speeds the healing of a chalazion, the bump may linger for one to several months. If the chalazion remains after several months, your eye doctor may drain it or inject a steroid to facilitate healing.