What is a stye?
A stye is an infected lump that appears like a pimple at the corner or edge of your eyelid. This can be painful, but it is rarely a serious problem.
What is the cause of stye?
Styes are caused by bacteria that infect one of the small oil glands surrounding your eyelashes. You may be more likely to get a stye if you have:
- A skin problem such as acne or dandruff
- A long term health problem such as diabetes or high cholesterol
- An eye disorder like blepharitis, which is redness and swelling of the corners of your eyelids
A stye looks same as that to a chalazion that is a painless lump identified in the eyelid caused by a blocked oil gland.
How is stye diagnosed?
Your doctor would like to know about your symptoms and activities for the further examination of your eyes.
How can someone take care of himself suffering from stye?
You may need to follow a cleansing routine for several weeks or months:
How can someone help prevent styes?
- A washcloth with warm water should be moistened and hold it over both eyes for several minutes. The water and steam will help to soften any buildup of dirt or skin cells on your eyelids. A gentle massage can be done on your eyelids with the washcloth to extract the buildup.
- Few drops of baby shampoo should be added to a cup of water and a cotton swab should be moistened with this mixture. Using the swab, clean all the buildup from the edges of your eyelids and eyelashes. Use a new swab for each eye. Do not let the swab touch your eyeball.
Keeping your eyelids and eyelashes clean can help.
What are the symptoms of stye?
The symptoms of stye are swelling and redness in the area of the stye. It may also be painful, usually when you blink or touch the stye. Problems are not caused by stye unless it gets swollen.
How is stye treated?
Your doctor may want you to clean your eyelids regularly using a warm wet washcloth. Follow your provider's instructions carefully.
Most of the times a stye need to be opened and drained by your doctor for quick healing. Never attempt to open the stye yourself. Serious infections could spread into areas behind and around your eye.
If you are having several styes, or if styes come back, your doctor may want you to clean your eyelids on a regular basis. Your doctor can also advise some antibiotic drops or ointment. Generally a stye clears up around in a week.