Eye Styes – What Are They? An eye stye (or sty) is a pimple-like inflammation, or abscess, that occurs when the hair follicle of an eyelash becomes infected. An eye stye infection can also be based in the gland at the edge of your eyelid. Styes can occur on the outside or the inside of your eyelid.
They can last for a number of days causing redness and swelling, as they fill with pus producing a white head. The head may burst or if left can often be reabsorbed and cleaned up by your immune system.
Eye styes are normally harmless, and will probably not affect your vision, but they are highly contagious and they can be very painful and also extremely embarrassing!
Eye styes can be caused by bacteria or dirt entering an eyelash follicle. Make up products such as mascara and eyeliner have been know to encourage development of eye styes in some people. There is also anecdotal evidence that stress will cause eye styes in some more susceptible people. Children usually have a higher occurrence than adults.
There are a number of medications on the market that will help provide relief and cure eye styes. There are drops, ointments, rinses and scrubs available. When treating your stye, you need to be careful not to spread infection to your other eye, and to other people. So keep your hands clean and avoid any unnecessary touching of the sty.
If you are interested in home remedies for eye styes, then there are a few things that can assist in a quick resolution and help to heal an eye stye. You probably have some of the ingredients in your cupboard right now.
One of the first things people tend to reach for is a warm to hot compress. This is helpful, as it helps to draw out the infection, bringing it to a head and speeding up the healing process. Use a clean washcloth and soak it in hot water and apply it to the infected area over the eye stye, four or five times a day. Keep it in place for ten minutes or so, if possible.
In rare cases, an eye stye will not heal on it’s own or respond to treatment, and surgical drainage may be necessary if the stye is not responding to treatment.