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Stye causes painful blinking, gritty feeling and swollen eyelids leading to inconvenience, often very frustrating.
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How do I know I have a Stye
The common symptoms of the stye are:
- Excess watering of eyes
- Red bump in the eyelids
- Light sensitivity
- Eye tenderness
- Itching with a scratchy sensation
- Swelling of the bump
Causes of stye
- The bacteria causing oil gland blockage is a bacterium called Staphylococcus.
- Excess oil causes the growth of bacteria in the clogged tear duct.
- The blockage of the oil gland in the eyelids causes eye stye.
- It appears much like a pimple anywhere on the body.
- You may experience more than one stye on the eye.
FAQs about Stye
What does a stye look like?
A stye looks like a pimple in the eyelid and is caused by the inflammation of the oil gland, causing a red raised bump.
Can eyelashes grow back after a stye?
Yes, once the stye resolves, the lashes will grow back. In the case of a scar, it may affect the growth of the lash follicle or loss of lash in that area.
Can a stye cause uneven eyelids?
Yes, the stye can weigh down the eyelid during the infection, causing an uneven look. However, once the swelling and edema are reduced, the eyelid position returns to normal. This may take 4-6 weeks to complete recovery.
Can a stye leave a scar on the eyelid?
The stye is much like a pimple, which may be painful but resolves within a few weeks and doesn’t affect eyesight. However, it can rarely develop into a permanent scar called chalazion if left untreated due to clogging of the oil gland.
Does stress cause eye styes?
Stress can cause styes if your sleeping patterns are disturbed, screentime is increased, and you have poor personal hygiene habits like not removing makeup before sleep. Moreover, stye can develop into blepharitis if not treated and taken care of.
Can a stye turn into an abscess?
If the infection worsens and is left untreated, stye can become an abscess due to swelling and inflammation of the eyelid. This abscess is treated either with antibiotics or via surgically draining out the excess fluid. See a doctor for a proper treatment plan.
Is polysporin good for styes?
Polysporin is a topical antibiotic used for the treatment of the stye. Doctors and pharmacists recommend it for mild eye infections like stye.
What is the best over-the-counter medicine for a stye?
The best OTC medication for stye includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like naproxen, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, which reduce pain and swelling in the eyelid.
What is the fastest way to cure a stye?
The fastest way to cure a stye is to apply a warm compress, which helps unclog the oil glands and remove the edema and swelling of the stye. Otherwise, antibiotics and OTC medications can help reduce the duration of stye.
What should I not put on a stye?
It is essential not to use comedogenic products on the stye to clog the oil gland further. Additionally, avoid using makeup, contact lenses, and shared personal care products to avoid further bacterial infection.
What can be mistaken for a stye?
Stye can be confused with a chalazion, which appears as a lump on the eyelid but is not tender, and instead of a pimple, they are more like a permanent scar.
Is eye stye contagious?
No, it is not contagious, unlike other viral eye infections. It is eyelid inflammation due to bacterial infection, which resolves with antibiotics.
Can you pop a stye?
Popping or disturbing the eye stye can cause bacteria to spread to other eye parts, complicating the infection. Therefore, never pop an eye stye instead, use a warm compress to drain the excess fluid from the clogged pore or use prescription antibiotics, which also work to dry the stye.
Why do I keep getting styes?
Styes can reappear in case of medical conditions like blepharitis, diabetes, rosacea, dandruff, and high cholesterol. Consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.
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