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A Quick Guide to Eye Sties

The eyes serve an incredible purpose but are vulnerable to foreign invaders like pollutants and dust. While sometimes this just involves sneezing or blinking dirt out, other times it can result in a sty.

What is a Sty?

Eye Sties

Most people have experienced a sty at one point or another. A sty is a painful red lump near the edge of the eyelid. It may look like a boil or a pimple once it fully develops, and it will likely be filled with pus.

Fortunately, a sty is not a concerning medical condition, even if it is painful and irritating. We do however recommend visiting a Florida eye care clinic as a precaution. A sty forms when one of the eyelid’s many oil glands becomes clogged by dead skin, dirt, and oil. Blocked glands become ripe with bacteria, and a sty is the result. It’s essentially an eye pimple!

How to Recognize a Sty

Eyelid pain and swelling can indicate a sty before it’s visible. Once the sty forms, it will look like a red lump on the eyelid.

Treating a Sty

Eye sties are typically harmless, so there’s no need to head to the doctor’s office right away. Simple home remedies can work very efficiently to eliminate sties.

First, wash your hands. Any dirt on your hands can work itself in your eyes and irritate the sty. It’s important not to squeeze the sty like you might a pimple. It’s best left on its own to heal. Instead, wet a washcloth with warm water and place it over your eye for 5 to 10 minutes, and repeat three times a day. The warmth is not only soothing but it also encourages the sty to dissolve and drain.

In the few days it will take for your sty to disappear, you don’t want to irritate it. Don’t place makeup near or over the sty, as any form of makeup will irritate it and make the problem worse. Glasses are a better option than contacts during this time as well, as you don’t want bacteria from the sty to get onto your contacts and spread infection.

An old home remedy of compressing the sty with a warm teabag could work wonders. Green tea is best since it contains natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Just boil water and drop the teabag inside so it can steep for one minute. Take the teabag out, give it time to cool a bit, and place it over your eye for 10 minutes.

In a few short days you’ll be feeling much better.