Stye

Treatment

A stye, medically known as a hordeolum, is a painful and localized infection or inflammation of the eyelid, specifically the oil glands or hair follicles near the eyelash base. It typically appears as a red, swollen bump resembling a pimple on the edge of the eyelid. Styes are commonly caused by bacterial infection, often Staphylococcus aureus, which can occur when the oil glands in the eyelid become blocked. Factors that can make a person more prone to getting a stye include poor eye hygiene, frequent eye rubbing, using contaminated eye makeup, and having conditions that affect oil gland function or weaken the immune system.

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Painful lump on the eyelid sort of like a boil or a pimple

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Eyelid pain and swelling

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Soreness and itchiness

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Tearing

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Crust formation around the eyelid

Normally an eye infection, styes generally come about when a foreign body enters the eye or bacteria is allowed to reproduce in a part of the eye. The most common factors and causes of a stye include: 

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Bacterial infection

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Touching or rubbing the eyes 

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Blocked oil glands

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Contaminated eye makeup

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Weakened immune system

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Contact lenses

Styes are typically diagnosed through a visual examination by a healthcare provider or eye specialist, such as a normal healthcare provider, ophthalmologist. or optometrist. The healthcare professional will assess the appearance of the eyelid and the characteristic red, swollen bump resembling a pimple. They may also inquire about symptoms and medical history. In some cases, additional tests or cultures may be performed to identify the specific bacteria causing the stye if the condition is severe or recurrent.

Upon the failure of home remedies and over-the-counter medications, a medical provider will provide oral or ointment antibiotics. In the event this is done, it is important NOT to squeeze any lump or bump that arises from the infection. 

After an initial observation and home remedy failure, consult us for antibiotic ointment and pills

Due to most styes going away on their own, stye home remedies are generally used to reduce symptoms and make the process easier. In addition to these, it is important to leave the exact sight of the stye alone while applying them, with the most common remedies including:

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A wet teabag over the eye

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warm compress

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Gentle cleaning of the eyelid 

Ongoing management for a stye primarily involves continuing the warm compresses and good eye hygiene practices mentioned earlier. Regularly applying warm compresses to the affected eyelid and gently cleaning the eyelid can help alleviate discomfort and encourage the stye to resolve naturally. It's essential to avoid squeezing or attempting to pop the stye, as this can worsen the infection. If the stye persists or worsens despite these measures, a healthcare provider will provide antibiotics. 

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Washing your hands before touching your eyes

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Remove eye makeup before bed

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Clean contact lenses

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Avoid sharing personal items

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Manage allergies

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Get regular eye exams

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