What Are Styes and Why It Appears?
A stye is an infection situated in the eyelid. It would appear as a small red bump on the eyelid and it is caused by bacteria. Styes appear when the oil glands in the eyelid are clogged. This could also be caused by the habit of not removing eye makeup before bed and contact lenses that are not properly cleansed.
Symptoms of Styes
- Watery eyes
- Pain in the eyelid
- Redness on the eyelid
- Feeling of a foreign object in the eye
- Eyes could be sensitive to light
- Slight burning in the eye
It usually does not affect your vision and most of the styes heal on their own. However, in severe cases, it could lead to an internal hordeolum. Internal hordeolum is an infection of the meibomian glands right inside the eyelids.
Ways to Relieve Styes
- Place a warm towel on the affected eye four times a day for 10 to 15 minutes. This would help open the pores so the tiny oil glands can be drained out.
- Try massaging the affected eye gently.
Most of the styes would take about 10 to 14 days to heal. Bear in mind if the stye does not go away even after the treatments for longer than 10 days, you should consult a doctor.
How to Prevent the Stye from Getting Worse?
Styes may look like pimples so it is important not to squeeze or pop it, as this can cause the spread of the bacteria in your eye and it can aggravate the stye. To prevent an infection, avoid wearing or sharing makeup with others and wearing contact lenses until your eye is completely healed.