A stye is a red, sensitive bump located on the eyelid and filled with pus. It’s common for people to have several breakouts of styes on their eyelids in the course of a lifetime. Usually, these styes will go away by themselves. There are two types of styes: external and internal. The external type of stye appears near the upper eyelash; it can turn red and begin to swell. The external stye has a short life span. The second type of stye, called the internal stye, appears on the underside of the lid. The internal stye also has a short life span and can disappear within a few days.
Styes are caused by a bacteria called taphylococcal that tends to live on the skin’s surface. Hormonal changes and stress can also create styes. If you tend to get a lot of styes, you might want to look into a prevention treatment. One way to prevent styes is to have a daily treatment by taking a small teacup, placing a few drops of baby shampoo into it with some warm water, and stir. Using a cotton swab, keep your eyes closed and dab the swab on your eyelids. Dabbing some baby shampoo on a warm washcloth works just as well.
Be sure not to use dirty towels or expired eye makeup on your eyelids. Always remember to remove eye makeup completely. There are many makeup remover products out there on the market that work effectively. Also, make sure you should not rub your eyes with your fingers after touching something because eye makeup and dirt can clog pores that lead to styes.
If you have a stye and want to treat it, most of the time, a stye can heal by itself after a few days. It does not hurt to take a clean washcloth dampened with warm water, wring out the washcloth, and hold it to your eyelid for up to 10 minutes per day. Make sure that you gently massage the area to help speed up the healing process.
Sometimes, styes tend to leave behind a crystallized fluid sac that will require a doctor to drain. If you need medicine, there are many over-the-counter products available; ask your pharmacist and doctor what they recommend. Finally, styes, as painful as they are, will not damage the eye or endanger your vision.