Styes happen when a root of an eyelash becomes infected, sometimes due to dust or a foreign body entering the eyes. When this root gets blocked, swelling and redness will occur, which can cause discomfort and pain. If the sty is not attended to right away, it may fill up with pus which can further infect the eyes.
If you have small children infected with a sty, take them to see a doctor right away, if the swelling does not stop within 24 hours. Even adults whose styes do not get relieved within three days of applying warm compress should also consult an eye doctor.
Recurring styes do warrant medical attention, as well as bumps that have been on eyelids for weeks or months. This could lead to a chalazion, which is a more serious infection of a different gland in the eyelids. A chalazion can also be treated with warm compresses, but if it does not show any improvement, you may have to ask your doctor to drain it. You should never try to drain a sty or a chalazion by yourself, as it may only worsen the infection.
Common Home Remedies For Treatment of Styes
1. Use warm compress on the affected eyelid. Heat can stimulate proper blood circulation, and can increase the white blood cells (which fight infections) in the area. Soak a clean washcloth in warm water – in the warmest temperature you can tolerate, but not burning hot, as it may burn the skin around your eyes. Apply on the eyelid for at least five minutes at a time. Keep running the washcloth in warm water and do this for about two to three times daily,
2. Poking, pressing, squeezing or picking at the sty will only aggravate the infection. Do not try to drain a sty by squeezing it. Let the sty drain on its own or have a doctor do it.
3. Eye infections can be passed around, so refrain from using eye makeup while you have the styes, in order not to leave bacteria on your eye makeup applicators.
4. To prevent styes from recurring, regularly clean your eyelashes with mild baby shampoo or soap using a clean washcloth or cotton balls. You can also use mild cleansers like Cetaphil, which can clean the skin around your eyes without stinging.
How To Prevent Styes In The Eye
You can do this by practicing eye hygiene regularly. Use a mild facial cleanser to clean your eye makeup before going to bed. When you wake up in the morning, wash your eyelids again prior to putting on makeup.
Never share your eye makeup with others. Bacteria can be passed around, so be careful not to use other’s eye makeup or let others use yours.
Styes are small inflammations of the glands only, but they can cause such discomfort. Practice eyelid hygiene regularly to avoid the styes from coming back.