Oh, My! It’s a Stye!

styeWith all of the conditions that may develop, a stye is one that most people just don’t expect. We may not be surprised if we feel a little eye strain at the end of a long work day – or the end of a long book. Allergies, and even dry eye syndrome seem common enough to pose little more than temporary frustration now and then. A stye, though, could feel like a big problem if you don’t know what it is or what to do about it. So, let’s take a look.

What is a stye?

The best way we could describe a stye is like this: it is similar to a pimple, only one that develops in an infected oil gland at the edge of an eyelid. The red, painful bump may form on the inside or the outside of the lid. If you have ever had a stye, you know that this problem can be quite an annoyance.

What you can do to Soothe a Stye

In some cases, it is possible to ease the symptoms of a stye with home remedies. First and foremost, it is necessary to make sure your eyes are clean. To cleanse the eyelids efficiently:

  • Keep your hands clean, and wash them before you clean your eyes.
  • Avoid applying makeup or other topical products to the eyes when the stye is present. You want that oil gland to clear out!
  • For easy cleaning, gently wipe the eyelids with a pre-soaked cleansing pad. Another option may be to . . .
  • Dilute tear-free baby shampoo in water, then dip a washcloth, cotton pad, or Q-tip into the solution and wipe your eyelids. Then rinse with warm water.
  • Lastly, wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses until your stye resolves.

No one wants just to sit around and wait for a stubborn stye to go away on its own. In addition to cleansing the eyelids, home care for a stye may also include applying a warm compress to the eye a few times a day, for up to 15 minutes each time. Tea bags may also be used, but may not achieve anything more than a warm washcloth. The warmth encourages tissues to soften, and for the contents of the stye to come to a “head.” AT NO TIME should the stye be popped or squeezed?

As with any frustrating or painful eye condition, we are here to help you resolve a stye with professional care in a friendly environment. Contact one of our Maui offices for the care you need.


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