Why, Oh Why, Do I Have Another Stye?

A Stye (Sty) or hordeolum; is caused by a bacterial infection in an oil gland at the base of an eyelash from Staphylococcus aureus in 95% of its cases.

A Stye can appear on the upper or lower lids, at any age, and can affect the inner (infection of the meibomian gland) or outer (infection of the gland of Zeis) lid. Warm compresses should be applied, morning and night to hasten the healing of the Stye. 

A blocked oil gland, without infection, is called a chalazion. A chalazion is painless, and most often appears in the middle of the eyelid.

If you tend to be Stye prone, it is recommended that you apply warm compresses for two to three minutes every morning to help liquefy the oil of the lash oil glands. This will help avoid a blockage and curtail an infection.

Warning signs of a Stye outbreak can be a yellowish dot in the middle of a slight swelling or red area on the eyelid; localized pain; tenderness; eyelid crusting; itchy sensation on the eyeball; tearing; mucus discharge in the eye; blurred vision; drooping of the eyelid, and a burning sensation in the eye.

Styes can also be triggered by poor nutrition, lack of sleep, poor hygiene (wash those hands), dehydration, and irritating the eyes by rubbing. We can’t say this enough; never rub your eyes with unwashed hands.

Avoid using eye makeup, applying lotions to the eye area, and wearing contacts while you have an active Stye. 

Never share eye makeup or brushes. 

Avoid sharing washcloths and towels when you have an active Stye to prevent the spread of the Stye to others.

Do not attempt to lance or pop the Stye yourself; this will spread the infection, sometimes to the cornea, and can cause permanent scarring and or deformity of the eyelid. The Stye should rupture and heal on its own in a week or so.

**If your Stye shows no signs of clearing up within one or two weeks, seek the advice of an Opthamologist.

For pain, try taking a pain reliever in addition to the warm compresses.

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