Your eyes are a delicate part of your body and needed for its vital functioning as well. Without clear vision, you will find it very difficult to perform your daily activities as they arise. We depend heavily on our vision to help us care for ourselves and to live a fulfilled life.
However, as important as the eye is to the body, it is not without problems. There are so many factors that can blur the vision of the eyes and cause several complications. This could escalate into other severe health challenges if not treated on time. One such condition is a stye, which is a condition that affects the eyelids.
What is a Stye?
A stye is a small, tender, and red bump outside or inside your eyelid. It usually resembles a sore or a pimple on your eyelid.
However, it is not a serious medical condition and cannot affect your vision unless it goes untreated for a long time. With that being said, if you notice your whole eyelid becoming inflamed and the pain is getting worse, get it checked out immediately by your eye doctor.
Symptoms of a Stye
A stye usually occurs around the edge of the eyelid and is mostly recognized by a bump and pain on the eyelid. Aside from a bump, which is the most noticeable symptom, there are other signs to know that you have a stye, which are as follows:
An inflammation and redness of the eyelid region
Itchiness of the eyelid, around the stye
You may experience tenderness of the eye and on the eyelid
A stye can be genuinely uncomfortable and even become very painful in some cases. Even though a stye can usually clear up on its own within a couple of days, most people desire faster relief of the symptoms they are experiencing – and obviously, they want the bump that has developed to go away faster.
Luckily, many home remedies can be used to help speed up the recovery from a stye, reduce the inflammation and pain caused by the bump, and help to destroy the bacteria that has manifested within the blocked oil glands.
Here is a simple 3 step process that is best repeated four times per day, but at least twice a day:
Purchase a commercially available warm compress and heat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Ensure the eye mask is not too hot or even too cold. Check the temperature on your wrist. It should be just warm to the touch and should not burn the inside of your wrist.
Alternatively, you can use a clean sock with rice in it (emphasis on the word CLEAN).
After heating, use it to compress the eye gently for about 10-20 minutes.
This will cause the clogging on the eyelid to dissolve slowly. Most clogs in the glands of the eyelids are caused by hardened oils, which will start to melt and express slowly when the oil is heated (DO NOT TRY TO POP A STYE).
We also recommend using the Heyedrate Warm Compress Eye Mask. You will likely find that a mask is much easier to use than a sock with rice, and it holds heat much more easily and for a longer period of time.
Also, using a warm washcloth for a stye doesn't stay that warm either, so we recommend using a warm compress or the rice in a clean sock.
Step 2: GENTLE Eyelid Massage to the Area of Your Stye
Using either a Q-tip or your fingers, gently massage the eyelid area where the stye is. Do NOT press too hard and risk popping the stye. This should not be painful!
This spray should be used twice daily for maintenance of clean eyelids, and it's easy to use! Simply spray the solution onto your closed eyelids, rub in, and let it dry. You can also spray it on a cotton round or cotton ball and rub the area gently.
As discussed above, hypochlorous acid eyelid cleansers help to clean the eyelids, which helps soothe irritated eyes and itchy, dry, inflamed skin, which could be resulting in your styes. Try to use this eyelid cleanser twice per day.
Just like eye makeup above, contact lenses increase the bacteria in and around your eyes and eyelid area. If you wear a monthly, two week, or longer replacement schedule then bacteria is building up over time on those contact lenses, which is why this group of contact lens wearers are more prone to infection.
Switching to a daily disposable lens, like Acuvue 1-Day Oasys contact lenses, ensures a brand new contact lens that is sterile and free from bacteria daily. This can be huge for both reducing dry eyes, preventing styes, and reducing blepharitis.
6. Clean Your Towels and Pillowcases One to Two Times Weekly
Dirty, wet towels are also filled with stye causing bacteria and they smell gross too. If you are constantly getting styes, we recommend washing your towels and pillowcases at least twice per week.
Side benefit is that this can help with acne as well.
We also recommend to not use laundry detergent as well, as it is filled with chemicals that can cause skin irritation, inflammation and other problems. Eliminate those toxic dryer sheets as well.
As stated above, your eye makeup gets gross and filled with bacteria after a while. It is best to throw away liquid makeup every 3 months, especially if you are using it daily and are prone to styes. In addition, you should be cleaning your makeup brushes every few days, depending on how often you use them.
A red, swollen lump found on the edge of the eyelid is often called a stye. They are common eye problems which cause pain and irritation to the eyes, making the individual very uncomfortable in some cases. A stye can be similar to a pimple on the skin. When the glands that surround the edge of the eyelids (meibomian glands) are blocked by oil build-up, bacteria, or dead skin cells, bacteria can grow inside and cause an infected stye to develop.
How long does it take to get rid of a stye?
Even though a stye can usually clear up on its own within a couple of days, most people desire faster relief of the symptoms they are experiencing – and obviously, they want the bump that has developed to go away more quickly. We recommend seeing your eye doctor when you first notice the stye forming, but you absolutely need to pay a visit to the doctor if your stye persists beyond a week or is becoming worse.
Can you pop a stye when it comes to a head?
Absolutely not! There are so many reasons to avoid doing this, but the most important reason is because popping a stye can spread the infection further into the tissue of your eyelids. This can cause a major infection, and it’s something you want to avoid. That being said, continue to use warm compresses a few times daily, and you will likely find that the stye drains on its own.
Are styes caused by stress?
There is no research to show that styes are caused by stress, but it is well known that stress increases cortisol which can contribute to an increase in inflammation in the body. Because of this, it is possible that the increase in inflammation could cause an already blocked gland to become more inflamed and eventually infected, leading to a stye.
How do you quickly get rid of a stye?
Use a warm compress at least twice daily while you have a stye
Gently massage the stye after using the warm compress (this should not be painful!)
Keep your face clean with a tea tree oil soap, such as Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap or Foaming Face Wash
Keep your towels and pillowcases clean, and avoid sharing them with others
Does massaging a stye help?
Gently massaging your stye after using a warm compress may be beneficial. After heating the stye, which works to liquify the impacted oils in your meibomian glands, a gentle massage may help further break up the impacted, stagnant oil and allow it to drain. However, this process should not be painful (if it is, avoid doing it). In addition, ensure that your fingertips are clean before massaging to avoid further contamination. Always massage toward the edge of your eyelid, which is where the oil will be expressed, and NEVER attempt to pop your stye.