What is a Sty?
A sty, also referred to as stye, is common and generally harmless. It’s characterized by a tender, red painful bump inside or under the eyelid, or at the base of an eyelash. It can heal within one to three weeks even without treatments.
What causes a sty?
Sty is caused by an infection of the oil glands of the eyelid. These oil glands help lubricate the eyeball and when they get clogged, a sty develops. The human body is filled with billions of friendly bacteria, which when becomes overabundant can result in the tender pimple.
What triggers infection that results in sty?
Your eyelids may be exposed to infection that can cause sty when you fail to remove your eye makeup overnight, use expired cosmetics, or not wash hands before changing contact lenses.
How is a sty treated?
Often, styes disappear without the need for treatment. To treat your stye however, you can use a warm compress and hold it over the affected eye for five to 10 minutes. Do this three or four times a day to encourage the sty release some pus. You can as well take painkillers to ease the pain. For children, it’s best to consult an eye doctor so they can be prescribed proper medication.
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