I know this is a bit of an over-share but yesterday I developed a stye in my eye (it is almost more painful because of the name. It’s got to be the only medical condition that rhymes). For those of you who don’t know a stye is a staff infection in the eye that creates basically a pimple under your eye-lid. It hurts a lot,makes everything uncomfortable, and it is incredibly difficult to force myself to not touch it. I have been on-line and gotten some home remedies such as putting a tea bag on the eye or taking a Vitamin A and C. I have been having alergies all week and putting allergy drops in my eyes every day. I am pretty sure the over-lubrication is what caused the infection. I may go to the doctors tomorrow; although most of the websites say it is unnecessary. Before I do that I was curious if any of you had experienced a stye and have a successful home remedy. It’s weird because normally I don’t get allergies but something has been different here in Utah this year and it has been bad. It has made my asthma flair-up, my eyes sting and my sinus bothersome. What a pain in the eye (ok, that was a bad pun but I’m sick so humor me!).
What is a Stye?:
A stye, or hordeolum, is a small bump that can appear on the outside or inside of the eyelid.
A stye develops from an eyelash follicle or an eyelid oil gland that becomes clogged from excess oil, debris or bacteria. Styes seem to be brought on by increased stress, but can also be a complication of another condition, called blepharitis.
Although the appearance of a stye can be unsightly at times, it is usually harmless.
Symptoms of a Stye:
Patients with styes often complain of watery eyes, pain, tenderness, itching, or redness around the stye. Styes usually appear as a reddish bump on the eyelid. When a stye first develops, the eye may feel bruised and may feel sensitive to light.
In severe styes, a yellow spot may develop in the center, similar to a pimple. Known as an internal hordeolum, it develops as pus builds up inside the stye. Pain usually subsides if the stye ruptures and pus is drained. Some styes never form this pimple-like head, and the pus continues to accumulate. Some large styes can interfere with vision.
Causes of a Stye:
Some people with chronic blepharitis are prone to clogged eyelid glands, in which bacteria builds up and infects the glands. Sharing make-up or applying too much eye makeup can sometimes cause styes to develop. Increased stress also seems to bring them on, but the relationship between stress and styes is not well understood.
Treating a Stye:
- Warm compresses:
Gently press a very warm washcloth against the eyelid for 10 minutes at least 4 times per day.
Gently massage the entire area to speed healing.
- Antiobiotic ointment, eye drops or pills:
Antibiotic ointments or eye drops may help cure the infection. If the skin around it is becoming infected, antibiotic pills may be needed.
Complications of Styes:
If a stye does not go away in a relatively short period of time, it can turn into a chalazion. A chalazion develops when the oil gland becomes infected and a blockage develops. This blockage causes the gland to become inflamed. The pain and inflammation eventually goes away, but a hard lump or bump remains on the eyelid. A steroid injection may reduce swelling, or your eye doctor may suggest lancing the chalazion or surgically removing the substance inside of it.
Helpful Tips for Styes:
- Always allow a stye to drain on its own. It is best to resist the urge to squeeze it yourself, as this may cause a more severe infection.
- If a stye does not go away within a week with the application of warm compresses and massage, see your eye doctor.
- Do not wear eye make-up or contact lenses until a stye heals, to prevent the possibility of infection.