If you can spot a small, tender, red bump outside or inside of your eyelid, which looks similar to a pimple and is sore, you probably are suffering from an eye ailment of Stye. However, the condition is not severe at all as it doesn’t affect your vision.

A Stye is a common localized condition that affects millions of people around the world. This ailment is ordinarily not severe but can be disturbing and uncomfortable.

A stye is also known as sty or hordeolum. The budding point of a Stye is at the base of eyelashes or the areas where one of the glands along your eyelid gets clogged and irritated. The process of it is quite similar to that of a pimple, in which a skin gland on our face gets clogged and irritated.

Stye especially happens on eyelids, mostly it occurs on one eyelid, but there are possibilities that you may get both of your eyes affected at the same time. This clogging and irritation in the condition are caused by bacteria, and it can occur at the base of an eyelash (external hordeolum) or within small oil glands inside the eyelid (internal hordeolum).

Here are 7 must-know points related to Stye:

The initial signs of Stye are swelling, tenderness, pain and redness.

Styes are caused by Staphylococcal bacteria.

They are contagious.

They generally don’t cause any vision problems.

Most Styes heal on their own.

You must never pop a Stye.

There are chances that other eye problems can follow after Styes.

How To Cure Stye?

Although Styes mostly heal on their own within a few days, there are some simple home remedies that can help in treating it. Here are some of them:

  • Warm Compress: One of the most effective treatments that help in easing out the pain and treat Stye condition is warm compress. All you need to do is soak a clean washcloth in warm water and apply it to the affected area for about 15 minutes. Repeat the process few times until the stye is gone.

  • A similar process can be performed with teabags. as they are full of antibacterial properties.

  • Clean your eyelid with a cotton swab soaked in a baby shampoo (which causes no tears). You can do this every other day. Make sure you don’t use regular soap or shampoo otherwise it will burn a lot and will add to the already pain of stye.

  • Make a habit of keeping your face and eyes very clean to get rid of any crust around the eye.

  • Always remember, though a Stye looks pretty similar to a small pimple, don’t ever try to pop or squeeze it. It will make things worse. Avoid any sort of eye makeups while you suffer from stye and switch to glasses in you wear contact lenses. Make sure you disinfect the contact lenses in the solution recommended by your ophthalmologist before using them again. Or, you have a better reason to buy a new pair of lenses for yourself too.
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