How To Remove a Stye

How To Remove a Stye from Your Eye

A stye (sometimes spelled “sty”) is small pimple-like spot that almost always appears on the eyelid. Styes are caused by the infection of glands on the eye lids (sebaceous glands) caused by the presence of bacteria–Staphylococcus.

When the Staph bacteria clogs a pore in the skin on the eyelid, the first symptom most people experience is irritation. The infected eye “feels” like there is something in it. Most people who are experiencing a stye for the first time attempt to “wash out” their eye multiple times before giving up.

Is a Stye Dangerous?

It is possible that a seriously infected hair follicle on the eye could cause health problems–for the most part, styes go away on their own or with proper treatment after a week or even four or five days.

The simplest way to deal with styes is to wash the infected eye regularly with a warm wash cloth. This doesn’t speed up the healing process at all, only keeps the eye clean and protected from further infection. When you let a stye “run its course” like this, you’ll be dealing with it for a week or more.

How To Remove a Stye

When you are treating a stye this way, you should contact your doctor if your stye hangs around for more than a week and doesn’t seem to be getting better. Most likely you’ll be sent to a dermatologist.

How to Remove a Stye Fast – How to Remove a Stye Overnight

As with most health problems, there are things you can do at home to get rid of a stye faster than a week or two. Here are a few tips on treating styes.

What Not to Do

1. Do not try to “squeeze” the stye.

“Squeezing” the stye will hurt, and if you do manage to force pus out of the stye, you’ll spread the infection to other parts of your skin.

2. Do not poke your stye with a needle.

Even if you use a sterile needle and make everything as clean as possible, the pus that escapes the stye will infect other areas of your skin, spreading the infection and causing more styes to break out.

The pus inside the stye is a build-up of living and dead white blood cells. These cells actively fight off infection. If you release this material before the white blood cells have a chance to kill all of the Staph bacteria, your infection will most likely spread.

3. Do not rub your eyes.

You may feel a strong urge to “rub” the eye that has a stye in. Unfortunately, this could spread infection as well. If you really need relief from your stye, try simply rinsing or washing your eyes. While you have a stye, don’t wear makeup or apply anything scented anywhere near the eye. Makeup, beauty products, and especially scented cosmetic products will make the stye more painful and irritated.

4. Do not put any kind of ointment on your stye.

Your first impulse may be to put some sort of antiseptic or antibiotic material on the infected eye, like a polysporin lotion. Ointments like this say (right there, on the package) that they are not to be put in or near the eye.

How To Properly Treat a Stye

There’s a number of things you SHOULD do for your stye to promote healing.

1. Soak a tea bag in warm water (not hot) and hold it on the stye.

Hold this bag against the infected eye for at least ten minutes. Not only will it soothe the infected eye, but the tannic acid in the tea kills the bacteria inside the stye.

The tea bag method also helps the stye come to a head, causing the pus to drain sooner. The tea bag method can reduce the infected period of a stye by three or four days.

2. Wash your infected eye with a warm and wet washcloth several times a day.

Washing your eye plenty of times without soap will help safely get rid of the infected pus.

3. Try folk remedies for styes.

There are many different “old wive’s tales” about styes and how to treat them. The most common home remedy is to rub a gold ring against wool “until the ring is hot,” then applying the warm ring to the site of the stye. People swear by this method, and if you’re at your wit’s end with a stye, you may as well try it out.

How To Prevent Styes

If you can keep styes from forming, you’ll avoid the hassle of treating and dealing with the stye altogether. Though opinion is divided as to what causes recurring styes, the fact that most stye sufferers are women seems to backup the notion that infected makeup and beauty products are the most common places that styes hang out. Reapplying infected makeup to your clean face defeats the purpose of treating your styes–that’s why the number one thing women can do to deal with recurring styes is to get rid of their old makeup and beauty products and replace them with new items.

There are a few other things you can do to deal with your recurring stye problem.

Wash Your Eyes–People who wash their face and eyes twice a day get fewer styes.

Take Vitamins–It has also been reported that people who take regular multivitamins have far fewer styes than people who don’t.

Take Flaxseed–Studies suggest that taking flaxseed oil may help prevent recurring styes.

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