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Best Stye Treatment & Common Symptoms

Posted by admin on August 11, 2017

When it comes to eye nuisances, a stye in your eye can make you want to cry. Though they are mostly harmless and can heal on their own in a week or so, they are extremely uncomfortable and often unsightly.

Our eyes are magnificent gifts and are constantly in combat with debris and pollution. Our eyes fight daily to give us sight, stay clean, and lead us throughout our days.

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The eyelids have oil glands, and these oil glands are very small. The small glands get even smaller around our eyelashes, which are our true protection from dead skin, oil buildup, and dirt. It's no surprise that sometimes these small holes can get blocked up.

Once the hole is blocked, bacteria makes a lovely home there, creating a stye, which is a red, pimple like bump. But never fear, good news is here!

When it comes to the best stye treatment and how to recognize symptoms, we've got your back. We've done the research, here's the ultimate guide to the world of stye:

Symptoms

Symptoms of a stye are pretty noticeable. You'll initially probably feel some itching and perhaps even notice some redness. This will be followed by increased pain and swelling.

Perhaps your friends are asking you why you're crying while you gleefully horse around. Increased tear production on a consistent basis is an annoying symptom of a stye. If you wake up with crust around your eye, then you might have a stye.

A sore and tired eye with a protruding pimple like bump usually means that a stye is present. There are two types of styes; an internal stye that has no head and requires antibiotics and poses a significantly greater risk to ocular health, and the external stye that can often be resolved without medication. However, a stye is not to be confused with pink eye as they require different treatments and medication.

Also, people sometimes confuse styes with a chalazion. While treatments are similar, the latter will take much longer to heal. Regardless of your current eye situation, make sure you always have an experienced doctor with great reviews to care for your eyes.

How To Treat a Stye

1.D.N.P. (Do Not Pop)

The last thing you want to do make an effort to pop or squeeze your stye. This is a terrible idea. Though your inner pimple-popping fanatic may want to, avoid this. It will release pus and spread the infection. One of the best stye treatment options is to not treat it at all.

2. Use Warmth

A warm compress will go a long way in the battle that is your eye vs. the stye. The warmth from a compress will help dissolve the oil, dirt, and pus so the stye can begin to drain.

Make sure your warm compress is very clean, and even consider using sterilized water. Make the compress as hot as you can without it being painful or causing damage. Keep the compress on your eye for about 10 minutes.

For the best stye treatment, there is no need to apply extreme pressure or make an effort to puncture the stye. Just let it bask in its last fleeting moments of livelihood. Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

3. Pop a Pill

Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can definitely ease your pain a little. Take the proper dosage for relief. The pills can take down your swelling and may even help the itching to subside.

The pills won't be the best stye treatment, but they can certainly help you feel better.

4. Avoid Makeup and Contacts

Ideally, you've got glasses lying around somewhere so you can immediately stop your use of contacts. Contacts will only irritate the stye and can trap the bacteria where it's at. Wait till the stye is gone, then start with a fresh pair of contacts.

Let your eyes breathe until the stye subsides. Wear eyeglasses so you can continue on with your daily activities. Also, don't let eye makeup anywhere near your eye. Transferring the bacteria from the stye into your makeup and brushes can have a horrible ripple effect.

When it comes to makeup, always wash your reusable brushes. Throw out old product and make sure what you're putting around your eyes and on your lashes is clean and fresh.

5. Massage

Everyone loves a good massage, and so do your eyes.

Massage the eye with antibacterial makeup wipes to increase movement and drainage of the stye. Make sure your hands are extremely clean when it comes to dealing with the infected area.

If the massing hurts in any way, stop immediately. Other than that, keep the area clean and avoid touching your cornea. A clean eye is one of the best stye treatment options.

6. Get Help

If your stye seems unruly and out of hand, go see a doctor.

After all, you get one set of eyes per lifetime. The last thing you want is for your stye to get infected and become a more serious problem. There are steroid shots for inflammation and can help reduce swelling.

Sometimes a severe stye needs to be professionally drained. If the stye is affecting your vision, go to your doctor immediately.

Eye Care Is Important

It is easy to take our eyes for granted, but taking care of your eyes is so important. Keep them clean, wash your eye products consistently, avoid reusing contacts and keep your makeup fresh.

If you need a new exam, fresh contacts or a new prescription for optimal eye care, contact us!