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Tips for Treating Styes

Thursday, February 21, 2013 @ 07:02 AM
Author: Amit Mathur

Styes are small red bumps that appear at the lip of the eyelid. They are popular among teens, but can affect adults as well. They are bacterial infections that swell up with puss, but usually don’t have any leaking. They can be quite painful though.

The first sign of a stye is a yellow puss filled bump. Once it develops further it turns red. Other symptoms that may occur are:

  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity
  • Irritation
  • Pain
  • Burning sensation
  • Redness
  • Crustiness
  • Itchiness
  • Difficulty blinking
  • A lump under the eyelid

Similar to acne, a stye is formed when an oil gland near the eyelash is blocked. They are general caused by hygiene issues and uncleanliness, but can also be related to a poor diet, not enough sleep, or dehydration.

Styes are basically harmless. They will heal on their own without causing damage to the eye itself, nor does it result in vision loss or blindness. They are more annoying and embarrassing than anything and are usually gone within a week.

Meanwhile, there are a few things that can reduce the pain and swelling of a stye. An over-the-counter eye wash may provide some relief while cleaning out the germs and crustiness. A warm compress can also help reduce the pain, redness, and swelling.

The importance of consist hand-washing and good hygiene can’t be emphasized enough. Also remove all makeup before bed each night and change your pillowcase more frequently. Don’t share washcloths, towel, makeup or brushes with anyone to prevent spreading bacteria.

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