Stye in Eye
Styes in eye can be incredibly annoying and they can be quite painful. Fortunately, there are treatment options currently available including warm compresses and certain soaps.
What does a Stye Look Like?
What Causes Styes?
Styes are very common and they are usually caused by a bacterial infection or by the blocking of an oil gland at the base of an eyelash.
Who is at Risk?
Although a stye in eye is more common among infants, it can happen to people of all ages. Sleep deprivation, poor hygiene and poor nutrition can all lead to more frequent styes.
How to Prevent Them?
Once a stye breaks out, you will wish that you had taken steps to prevent it. The following tips will help you prevent future styes:
- Avoid sharing cosmetics, towels, eyedrops and eyewear with other people. Styes can easily spread from one person to another.
- Wash your hands often.
- Never touch your eyes with your hands or let anyone else touch them.
- Remove makeup every night and discard old cosmetics.
- If styes are a frequent problem for you, you should consider applying a warm washcloth to your eyelids for one to two minutes upon waking up. Make sure it's clean.
Although styes can be quite painful, they very rarely lead to complications. However, in some rare cases they will progress to a chalazion that may cause cosmetic deformities and lead to corneal problems. Therefore, it's vital to consult an specialist if your stye is severe or if it doesn't seem to go away for 7 to 10 days (if untreated).
When to Consult a Doctor
If your stye is very painful you might want to visit a doctor. Additionally, if your stye keeps growing or if it seems to be spreading, consult a doctor as soon as possible in order to prevent its progress into a chalazion which can lead to permanent damage.
Avoid any homemade treatments as they often have little basis in science and medicine. At all costs avoid touching or picking on your stye. You might also want to avoid swimming and other related sports when you have a stye.