Styes are a common and generally harmless eye condition. A stye forms when an oil gland on the upper or lower eyelid becomes infected and a sore bump develops on the gland. This infection can be caused by bacteria in old makeup, dirt, or unclean hands touching or rubbing the eye. Stye symptoms include soreness or pain, swelling, and redness of the affected area. Swelling can either be localized to the infected gland and bump, or in some cases, the entire eyelid can become inflamed and swollen.
As far as vision goes, a stye will not worsen eyesight. While a stye is irritating and uncomfortable, it will not negatively impact vision and usually does not require the attention of an eye care professional.
How do you get rid of a stye?
In most cases, styes do not need to be treated professionally and will clear up on their own in a few days. There are several home remedies for styes that are thought to expedite the healing process and prevent styes from becoming a recurring problem.
Give the following stye home remedies a try!
Stye home remedies
To treat a stye at home, the following remedies can be used to relieve symptoms and clear up irritation as well as preventing styes from getting worse or recurring in the future.
It is important to avoid makeup and contact lenses while you have a stye. Keeping the area clean and free of potential irritants will help the stye to heal more quickly. Additionally, it is a good practice to always wash your hands before rubbing your eyes or inserting contact lenses. This reduces the risk that bacteria will come in contact with the eye and therefore reduces the risk of styes forming.
The most useful home remedy for styes is a warm compress applied to the affected area for 10-15 minutes several times a day. This has been known to relieve symptoms and promote healing of the stye. Soak a clean washcloth in warm water and apply directly to the eye. Re-soak as often as necessary to maintain warmth. This allows the stye to open up and drain liquid.
As tempting as it may seem to pop the bump that forms on your eyelid, it is important not to. While popping a pimple often results in it going away more rapidly, popping a stye can be counter productive and spread the infection. Allowing the stye to drain on its own is much better.
When to see a doctor
If your stye is on the underside of your eyelid inside the eye, or sticks around for more than a few days after implementing these home remedies, make an appointment with your eye care professional. In some cases, styes may need to be professionally drained by your doctor. Doctors can also prescribe antibiotic ointment for the eye to clear up severe infections.