Styes are a type of infection that causes inflammation of the sebaceous glands found near the base of your eyelashes. They are generally caused by staphylococcus bacteria and may be set off by poor nutrition and stress. They tend to be similar in appearance to pimples and can be very painful, though they do not usually cause any permanent damage. There are several medical treatments and home remedies that are proven to help get rid of styes.
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Things you need
- Mild soap
Use a towel to apply a warm compress to your eye for approximately 15 minutes to help speed up the process necessary to get rid of styes. Use the compress between 4 to 6 times a day, or as much as necessary, while keeping your eyes closed. Try gently scrubbing the eyelid with warm water and a mild soap to help the stye drain.
Limit your use of cosmetics when you have a stye, especially eye creams, lotions and makeup, to help get rid of it. You should also get rid of all makeup and cosmetic tools, such as eyelash curlers and makeup brushes, to prevent spreading the infection if these items have become contaminated by the bacteria that causes styes.
Stop wearing your contact lenses when you have styes. This will help prevent the infection from spreading to your cornea or other areas of your eye. Throw out any contact lenses that you wore before you the stye occurred to be sure that you do not allow the bacteria to reinfect you.
Consult your doctor if your styes do not go away despite home treatment or if they are especially irritating or painful. A medical professional will be able to make a small incision into the sty using a needle, allowing the pus to drain. This will usually speed up the healing process.
Use prescription medications recommended by your doctor to get rid of styes. Antibiotic ointments are sometimes used to treat styes through application to the eyelids. Amoxicillin is also sometimes prescribed, as well over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol, which can be used to treat the pain sometimes associated with styes.
Clean styes that burst open on their own thoroughly using mild soap and warm water. You should never pop a stye no matter how temping it seems, due to their similarities to pimples. The wounds caused by burst styes can lead to a serious infection.
Tips and warnings
- Good hygiene, especially of the face and hands, may help styes from forming in the first place and coming back after they have healed.
- Allow up to week for the stye to drain out and heal.