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The Stye 👀: What it is, Causes, Symptoms and How to cure it2024

27 marzo, 2024

What is a stye

A stye is a bacterial infection that affects one or more of the small oil glands located on the eyelids. These glands are located near the base of the eyelashes and produce an oily substance that helps lubricate the eyelids and eyelashes.

Styes can be internal or external. An internal stye is located inside the eyelid, while an external stye is located on the edge of the eyelid.

👁️Causes of styes

The most common cause of styes is an infection with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. These bacteria can enter the eyelid through an opening in the skin, such as a small wound or a broken eyelash.

Other factors that may increase the risk of developing a stye include:

  • Poor eye hygiene
  • Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids
  • Rosacea, a skin condition that affects the face
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppression

🔥Symptoms of styes

Symptoms of a stye usually appear suddenly and may include:

  • A red, painful lump on the eyelid
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Eyelid redness
  • Purulent discharge from the eyelid
  • Burning or itchy sensation in the eye

💟How to cure a stye

In most cases, styes go away on their own within a few days or weeks. However, there are some things you can do to help speed up the healing process:

  • Apply warm compresses to the affected eye for 15-20 minutes several times a day.
  • Wash the eyelid with warm water and mild soap.
  • Avoid touching your eyes.

If the stye is large or painful, you can take antibiotics to treat the infection. Antibiotics may be given as eye drops or ointment, or by mouth.

🔥Home remedies for styes

There are some home remedies that can help relieve the symptoms of a stye:

  • Apply a hot chamomile compress to the affected eye.
  • Apply a drop of tea tree oil on the stye.
  • Take a vitamin A supplement.

It is important to consult a doctor before trying any home remedy for a stye.

💜Styes Prevention

To help prevent styes, you can follow these recommendations:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before touching your eyes.
  • Use a gentle eyelid cleanser to remove dirt and oil from your eyelids.
  • Avoid sharing eye makeup.
  • If you have blepharitis, treat the condition to help prevent styes from developing.