What is an Eye Stye?
Styes are enflamed sebaceous glands (near the base of the eyelashes) and are usually caused by eyelash follicle or an eyelid oil gland that becomes clogged from excess oil, debris or bacteria. They look similar to pimples, but should not be squeezed or pierced as the bacteria inside can spread over the entire eyelid. Styes seem to be brought on by increased stress, but can also be a complication of another condition, called blepharitis.
How to Get Rid of an Eye Stye?
Whenever you are treating a stye, be very careful and resist the urge to pop or squeeze it, the infection can easily spread to your other eye just from rubbing your eyes. Always be sure to wash your hands before and after treatment of any type!
- What are some good tips and at home treatments?
- Soften the stye by applying a hot, moist compress several times a day for at lease 10 minutes at a time. This will help to open up the clogged gland so your body can naturally get rid of the infection. The tannic acid in tea is reported to help cure styes, so you can also try using a just used tea bag that is still warm for your warm compress.
- Refrain from wearing eye makeup or anything else that leads to touching your eye while the stye is active.
- DO NOT wear contact lenses! Wear glasses to correct your vision until your eye has been healed completely for at least a couple days.
- If its really bad, but still you would like to avoid going to the doctor; you can ask your local pharmacist for over the counter stye remedies that will also help.
- Whatever you choose to do – be very careful when putting unknown chemicals on or in your eyes – if you’re unfamiliar with a remedy then consult your doctor first.