How To Get Rid Of A Stye FAST with Doctor Eye Health
A stye, also called a hordeolum, is a bacterial infection with abscess formation (or simply, a collection of pus, like a pimple) in the glands of the eyelid.
There are two types of styes, though, and a stye of the meibomian gland is called an internal hordeolum: This will appear deeper inside the oil glands and will be red and inflamed without the white top.
The other type of stye is an external hordeolum and typically looks like a pimple that has “come to a head,” meaning it has a white top and looks ready to pop (But please don't!).
Redness on the eyelid, especially around the bump
Pain in the eyelid and around the eye
Inflammation and irritation of the eyelid
Blurred or partially blocked and obstructed vision
Itching and soreness in the eyelid (try not to rub it)
Foreign body sensation in the eye
How to Treat a Stye
The most optimal treatment for styes (and, we could argue, almost any condition like dry eyes, meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis, and more) is to treat the underlying inflammation. The most common cause of a stye is blocked glands either caused by staph bacteria (anterior blepharitis) or meibomian gland dysfunction (posterior blepharitis). The eyelids provide a warm, moist environment for bacteria to thrive and overpopulate, leading to further issues with styes, blepharitis, and dry eye disease.
We like to use analogies similar to the dental industry, because the eyelid margins and the mouth are similar in the bacteria they contain as well as the environment. When bacteria begin to overpopulate, they form “homes” which clog the glands, causing stagnation of the oils within them and leading to a toxic environment.
Demodex eyelash mites are also an issue here, feeding off of bacteria and dead skin cells, and they can worsen the condition. All of this can combine into chronic inflammation, which causes meibomian gland atrophy.
Treatment for this includes getting rid of the food the bacteria and demodex feed on as well as removing the bacteria and demodex that are causing harm. Below are a few ways to do this effectively:
1. Eyelid Scrub With Lid Wipes
Scrubbing the eyelids is so important to remove the excess oil, debris, and bacteria living there. You first want to wash the eyelids with an eyelid wipe, such as MediViz tea tree eyelid wipes. This should be done twice a day minimum, and more if recommended by your doctor. This can also be used twice per day to prevent symptoms of styes. Avoid using baby shampoo, which is NOT meant for the eyelids and can actually further irritate them.
Mediviz Eyelid Wipe Instructions
By cleaning your eyelids daily, you remove bacteria, debris, and other microorganisms. Open packet and remove MediViz Eyelid Wipe. Unfold wipe, close eye, and wipe eyelid and eyelashes with a gentle, sweeping motion. Do not flush wipe. Do not use wipe on open eye. No rinsing is necessary!
2. Warm compresses
A warm compress helps to heat up the oils within the meibomian glands. Because stagnant oil is the consistency of butter, it doesn’t flow as freely out of the glands and can lead to gland atrophy over time and blockage, which creates a stye.
We want that oil to be the consistency of olive oil, and heat can help with this. We recommend using a warm compress eye mask that you heat in the microwave, because this holds heat much better than a washcloth. Simply heat the mask in the microwave for 20 seconds and then place it over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes each day.
Heyedrate Warm Compress Eye Mask Instructions
Heat in microwave for 15-20 seconds on high.
Once heated, check against the inside of your wrist. If it feels too hot, wait a few moments! The mask should feel comfortable before applying over your eyes.
Lie back and gently place the eye mask over your closed eyes.
For best results, leave the eye mask on for a total of 10-20 minutes. Relax!
3. Cleanse with a Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid Cleanser
After you have scrubbed the eyelids with an eyelid wipe, washed and dried your face, and applied your warm compress, we recommend spraying with a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser, like Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser. Hypochlorous acid is great for reducing bacteria and other microorganisms on the eyelid, which is the cause of styes.
Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser Instructions
Simply spray closed eyelids with the solution. Gently rub into the upper and lower lid and lash margin (or just let it dry...no need to rinse!) Repeat morning and evening for best results. This formula can also be used on any skin of the body, following the general steps above.
4. Eyelid massage
After heating the eyelids with a warm compress, consider massaging your eyelids. By massaging the glands, you’ll help to secrete the stagnant oil onto your eyes where it belongs. DO NOT TRY TO POP YOUR STYE!
5. See Your Eye Doctor
As stated above, a stye is an active infection that should be looked at. You may need an antibiotic, especially if the above options are not working for you. It is always best to get a professional opinion on what to do for your stye.
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How Long Does Blepharitis Last?
When someone comes in with blepharitis, we can assure them that proper eyelid hygiene and maintenance can keep the condition contained, but there is no cure. Just like many conditions, blepharitis is chronic and must be managed every single day. Some people may have flare-ups easily, and they may notice symptoms more easily. The key point here is that you must continue eyelid hygiene whether you have symptoms or not. This will prevent the condition from getting worse in the future and prevent severe issues later on.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Blepharitis
Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits that can be beneficial for blepharitis, and it is especially beneficial for those with demodex eyelash mites. Tea tree essential oil is known to kill demodex eyelash mites and it’s essential for most patients with blepharitis. Just as you clean the eyelids with an eyelid wipe or hypochlorous acid, a tea tree oil based product can be used to eliminate bacteria and demodex that are causing the issue in the first place.
This comes back to eyelid hygiene in general and the importance of a daily regimen. Just like you brush your teeth, you should be cleaning your eyelids twice daily. While you can replace your teeth with dentures, you only have two eyeballs that cannot be replaced. Being proactive in your cleansing routine can help you ensure that you’ll have healthy eyes and eyelid margins for a lifetime. This routine we talk about is not only improving your comfort, but it’s also improving your vision and the actual morphology of the meibomian glands themselves.
Other Treatments for Blepharitis
There are a few other things to consider with blepharitis and dry eye disease when it comes to treatments. First of all, omega-3 fatty acid supplementation can be incredibly beneficial. In addition to this, havingBlephEx performed in-office or usingNuLids at home can help remove those homes bacteria build to protect themselves, therefore making it easier to eliminate the bacteria causing issues.LipiFlow andIPL can be helpful as well, to maintain the health of the eyelids and surrounding skin.