Stye is basically a bacterial infection caused by the sebaceous glands. It usually takes place at the base of the eyelashes. Though it does not pose any kind of serious problem, it is quite painful. Styes can occur in people of all ages, but are quite common in infants. They can happen due to a number of reasons, such as stress, poor nutrition, etc. While styes generally heal on their own, caution should be exercised if they remain for a considerable amount of time or are overly painful. One should not hesitate in taking medical assistance, as it can be due to other serious conditions as well, such as severe infection.
In the beginning, the area near the eyelash duct, on either the upper or the lower eyelid, appears to be swollen and red. The swollen area will be tender and puffy to touch. A head forms in the center, which is eventually filled with pus. The eyes may become watery and appear bloodshot. The stye also keeps getting painful, as it develops. In some instances, the bump may become large enough to block some vision. The pressure gets eliminated when the head breaks, with the secretion of the pus. The pain will subside soon and the stye will go away in 3-4 days. The redness of the area also disappears with the disappearance of the stye.
Getting Rid of Stye
Below given are some valuable tips on how to get rid of the painful and discomforting styes.
- Make your eye soft by applying a hot, moist compress on them, several times a day. This should last for about 10 minutes at a time.
- Tea is also deemed helpful for treating styes, as it contains tannic acid. For treating a stye, apply a warm tea bag to the eye, which will also work as a warm compress.
- One of the age old home remedies of treating a stye is by rinsing the eye with milk. Dip a cotton swab in some milk and gently rub it over the stye.
- You can use antibiotic creams or ointments, which are aimed at killing Staph bacteria that actually caused the infection that lead to the formation of the stye.
- If your eye stye remains for a period of more than 7 days, visit your doctor, who will prescribe some antibiotic eye drops to get rid of it.
- If your eye stye is quite painful, you should definitely take medical assistance. The usual treatment requires making an incision into the sty, with the help of a needle. This enables the pus to flow out, thereby relieving you off the pain and speeding up the healing process.
- Cleanliness and personal hygiene assumes greater importance, when you are suffering from styes. Maintain good hygiene, especially that of the face and hands. This will prevent the reoccurrence of styes and also help you to recover fast.
Note: The stye may take around a week to heal and dry out. You can wait for a week before visiting the doctor, if the stye shows any signs of healing after 3-4 days.