Updated: Dec 9, 2022
Many of the bumps that develop on your eyelids are due to blocked oil glands. Styes are one type of bump caused by these glands, which can be found inside the eyelid near the base of your lashes.
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What are Styes and What Causes Them?
Styes are bacterial infections on the tear duct. The exact cause of styes is unknown but they may be triggered by an injury or scratch to your eye; an autoimmune disease; or bacterial infection from another part of your body (it’s also possible for styes to occur without any known underlying cause).
Stye symptoms include: a red bump on your skin; pain or burning sensation when touched, blurred vision if it's near the clear layer at the front of the eye), swelling around the affected eye, and discharge from the affected area. Not all styes produce these symptom though—for example some people don't experience pain! Stye duration varies depending on whether you're treating them yourself at home or seeking medical attention: home remedies should take just two days while doctor-prescribed treatments can be longer lasting.
How Does a Stye Look?
A stye is a small red bump on the eyelid that often turns into a yellowish color because of pus.
A stye can be tender to the touch and may also cause itching in or around the eye.
It can occur in one or both eyes at once, but you're most likely to see them as two separate bumps: one on either side of your upper or lower lid.
Styes can make your eyes look a lot worse than they actually are, but they're rarely serious or dangerous.
Styes are not serious, but they can be painful, contagious and disfiguring.
Styes usually clear up within a week or two without treatment. However, most doctors recommend treating the stye to prevent it from becoming infected or growing bigger.
Styes are caused by an infection of the oil glands in your eyelids that form small red bumps around the edge of your eyelid. They're most common in children (particularly those aged 10 to 15 years) and adults over 50 years old who have blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid margins).
Stye Or Chalazion?
Styes that do not go away within a few days could be chalazions. These are blockages in oil glands on the eyelid or the edge of eyelashes. They can cause a small tender bump on the eyelid. Chalazions usually affect one eye and are not contagious.
Tips On How To Deal With a Stye
1. Stop applying ointment to your eyes if you're using it.
Instead, use warm compresses instead. Warm compresses can help soothe your eye and promote drainage of the bump.
2. Keep your hands off your eyes as much as possible.
Whenever you can, keep your hands off your eyes. The less you touch your stye, the better chance of healing it will have. Rubbing your eyes or picking at them can irritate and worsen an existing stye or cause a new one to develop. It also increases the risk of viral conjunctivitis (aka pink eye).
3. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes.
Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes.
If you touch something that touches your eye and gets in it, wash the area around it with warm water and mild soap. If you don't have water or soap, use a clean cloth moistened with plain water to wipe the area gently.
If you have been using eye drops, wait at least 10 minutes after putting them in before washing them out of your eyes with lukewarm tap water.
Essential Oil Recipe for Treatment
Start by washing your hands, we do not want any contamination around!
In a clean bowl, add 2~ oz of clean and warm water
Add 3 drops of tea tree oil to the water
Use a cotton ball, cotton pad, or anything alike that is disposable
Soak the cotton ball in the water and then squeeze off water
Apply the washcloth to the affected eye, then hold the cloth against your eyelid for about 10 minutes at a time
A warm compress relieves pain and swelling
Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial which kills any bacteria without the need for topical antibiotic ointment
This treatment is simple, effective, and non-toxic. So please share it with your friends and family. Lots of people don't really understand what a stye is and how to treat it so let's get this information out there.