It can be worrying when your eye suddenly develops a sty. Not only can they look pretty ugly, they can also feel painful. In most cases, they go away on their own with the right at-home treatment. Let’s take a look at ways you can get that sty out of your eye.
To start, what is a sty? A sty (hordeolum) is a red bump that forms on the outside edge of your eyelid. Because your eyelids have lots of tiny oil glands, especially around your eyelashes, it can be easy for these glands to get clogged up. When these glands get blocked by dead skin, dirt, or oil buildup, bacteria then form inside causing a sty to appear.
Symptoms of a sty are:
- Pain and swelling
- Increased tear production
- Crust around the eyelid
- Soreness and itchiness
Here are some ways you can speed up the healing process of a sty on your own:
- Keep it clean
Using a cotton swab or clean washcloth, carefully dab your eye with tear-free baby shampoo and warm water. Do this daily until the sty goes away. You may also want to try a saline solution that can help to encourage draining.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication
Stys are painful, if you need some relief take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Make sure you follow the directions on the packaging for correct dosage information. However, if the sty is causing serious pain, call a doctor.
- Skip makeup and contact lenses
Keeping your eyes clean is crucial to healing a sty. Which means it’s best to avoid touching your eyes as much as possible. So, try not to wear makeup since your hands, brushes, and other tools could introduce more bacteria. Same with contact lenses. Opt for glasses until the sty goes away.
We hope these tips help to heal your sty. If it doesn’t however, or if the sty is on the inside of your eye, it may be time to see a doctor. Give our office a call at (619) 378-3202 or (760) 412-5136 today.