Your eyes are some of the most important parts of your body and should be given proper care and attention. Like every other part of the body, your eyes might be infected with one disease or another. It is, however, important that you take quick action against any disease that affects your eyes to avoid vision problems.
One of the diseases that affects the eyes is a stye. A stye, which is also called a hordeolum, in medical terms, is an inflammation of the eyelid appearing as a tiny lump on, under, or inside the eyelid or on the surface by the eyelashes.
But the question is how long do styes on your eyelids last? And what are the causes, symptoms, and treatment of styes? You will find the answers to these questions as you continue reading this article.
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Stye infections are mostly caused by staphylococcus bacteria and may sometimes appear when there is a clogging of the oil glands inside the eyelid or around the eyelashes, but can, however, be triggered when one is under stress. This infection is often associated with a minute collection of pus.
What Are The Symptoms Of Styes?
Styes are more often than not harmless, regardless of their appearance. But when you're infected with the disease, you'll likely notice some of the following symptoms:
a lump on the eyelid which might discharge mucus from it
Most styes heal naturally on their own in approximately two to three days without being given treatment; however, to ease symptoms of styes and speed up the healing process, you can apply a warm compress.
A warm compress will help ease the symptoms and aid in draining the pus. Once the pus is completely drained, the symptoms reduce rapidly. You should place the compress mask against the affected eye for about 10-20 minutes, two times a day. We would recommend using the Heyedrate Dry Eye Mask.
Some antibiotics, like antibiotic ointment, as well as an antibiotic-steroid combination can also be used to treat the infection if it persists for a longer period. You should consult your doctor if the stye lasts for more than three days or if the styes seem to be spreading to other areas.
Prevention of Styes
To prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of styes, you should always wash your hands and avoid making contact with your eyes when your hands are dirty. You should also avoid sharing of eye makeup and other similar items. Another great way to be proactive is by using the Heyedrate Dry Eye Mask in combination with the Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser which is a hypochlorous acid solution that will help keep the lids and lashes clean and free from bacteria. Just spray it on your closed eyes once in the morning and once in the evening and this should help alleviate bacteria build up. No need to rinse it off!
Your eyes are delicate sense organs that require proper care and quick treatment in case of infection. A stye infection may likely heal on its own; at most, two days after infecting the eyelid; however, if it persists, and if it stays longer, consult your doctor for treatment.