Styes are red and inflamed bumps that form on the edge of the eyelid near the eyelashes. Styes can appear on the outer edge of the eyelid, or they can occur internally inside the eyelid. It is a common eye disease that affects millions of Americans and, while it is generally not serious, it can be irritating and painful.
Depending on the location of the stye, two types are known:
External: This is the case when a stye is at the base of an eyelash follicle. It may look like a pimple or whitehead on the eyelid.
Internal: If there is a stye in the meibomian glands in the eyelid, this is considered internal. These may just look like a red, swollen eyelid.
Causes of Styes
Styes can be caused by inflammation or infection of the eyelash follicle. Around the eyelids are small sebaceous glands that drain oil through the canals/ducts towards the eyelashes. Then, when something strange obstructs the channel, such as bacteria or dead skin cells, the oil does not flow and begins to accumulate in the glands. This causes swelling and inflammation of the gland, resulting in a stye.
Symptoms of Styes
When styes occur, you will first notice a redness or irritating sensation near your eyelid. The other characteristics are:
A red bump with or without a small pus spot in the middle.
Sensitivity of the eyes to bright light.
Formation of crust along the eyelid.
A sensation of something in the eyes.
Itching or scratching around the eyes.
The eye begins to tear or water more.
Risk Factors for Styes
There is no one who cannot develop a stye in his/her eyes, but several factors increase the risk of developing a stye, and they include:
People who have had a stye or chalazion in the past are more likely to have another one in the future.
Skin diseases such as rosacea or dermatitis may also be a risk factor.
Other health problems that may constitute a risk factor include diabetes, swelling of the eyelids and elevation of serum lipids.
Bacteria accumulation due to old makeup or neglecting to remove makeup properly.
Can You Wear Contacts With a Stye
Technically, yes you can as a stye is an eyelid infection and problem, but we ALWAYS tell our patients to switch to glasses for the duration of a stye?
Styes are usually caused be a bacterial infection and wearing contact lenses can increase the bacteria count in your eye, therefore taking it longer to resolve.
We always recommend AGAINST wearing your contact lenses to get rid of a stye.
How To Get Rid of a Stye Overnight With 2 Simple Steps
Use a warm compress eye mask at least twice per day during an active stye. The Heyedrate Eye Mask is perfect for this. Simply place the mask in the microwave and heat for 15-20 seconds. Then, test the temperature on the back of your wrist before placing the mask over your closed eyes for 10-20 minutes. This will help loosen the oils within the glands, and it will hopefully aid in relieving symptoms quickly.
Use a hypochlorous acid cleanser like the Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser to keep your eyelids clean and free of bacteria. Simply spray on the closed eyelids and lashes to help keep area clean from bacteria. We recommend you doing this at least two times a day and making this a routine you continue even once your stye is healed.
Prone to Frequent Styes?
If you are prone to frequent styes, then the above two steps should be done daily to prevent styes from returning. Good eyelid hygiene is key to reducing your styes and preventing the from recurring.
Because the stye is just like a pimple, you may want to pinch and pop it. Do NOT do that. It can make things worse and spread the infection.
Do not use eye makeup (you may need to throw away mascara and eyeliner that you have used while having the stye, in case it was contaminated) and switch to glasses if you wear contact lenses.
Be sure to clean and disinfect your contact lenses with the solutions recommended by your eye doctor after the stye has been healed. Or, even better, use a new pair of lenses or switch to glasses (like mentioned above) for the duration of a stye.
If you try the above remedies and still find yourself with a stye that is not improving, you need to visit your eye doctor. It may be that yours needs an antibiotic to fully heal.
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