IF you have a little redness and swelling around your eye, then you probably have a stye.
They are uncomfortable and can make you feel like there’s always something in your eye.
In the last week alone, searches for “how to get rid of a stye fast” have increased by 700 percent.
Data from Google Trends also shows that searches for “how to treat a stye in the eye” also increased by 110 percent.
dr Nisa Aslam said that while styes aren’t typically high on the news agenda, they can make some people seek medical advice.
a previous one to learn found that around four percent of the 11 million emergency room visits of all ages were due to styes.
“Since one of the symptoms of hay fever is itchy eyes, it can seem almost impossible not to rub them.
“Allergies can also make us feel tired, and tiredness in itself can make us dull and encourage us to rub sleep away.
“Stress has also been shown to weaken the immune system,4 so when it comes to styes, it provides a double whammy of risk factors for infection,” said Dr. Aslam.
How to prevent a stye
They can be prevented by making sure you wash your face regularly and only brush at a time contact lenses clean with clean hands.
And if you wear makeup, make sure you replace it every two to six months to avoid becoming infected with bacteria.
Always make sure you take your makeup off at night as it is a quick way to unclog pores around eyes.
If you wear eyelash extensions, that’s it recommended to keep them clean.
You know you have a stye when:
- There is swelling either on the edge of your eyelid or inside the eyelid
- It is painful or tender
- There is sometimes a yellow head
- Crust on the edge of the eyelid
- Gritty feeling in the eye
- sensitivity to light
- Feeling like something is in your eye
How to get rid of a stye
Usually, a stye will go away on its own, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
But you should see a doctor if the stye is still there after a few weeks, is very painful, swollen or affecting your vision, the NHS warns.
The family doctor can gently pop the stye with a needle or remove an eyelash closest to him.
In the worst case, they will refer you to a specialist.
A pharmacist may also have some medication on hand to help your stye heal faster.
You can buy drops and ointments contain antibacterial agents that help kill the bacteria.
How to help a stye
To reduce swelling and heal the stye:
- Soak a clean washcloth in warm water. Hold it to your eye for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this three or four times a day. This can help increase blood flow to the area, which reduces infection.
- Similarly, use a warm tea bag – this will help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Take a wooden spoon and wrap cotton on the bottom part. Soak the cotton in hot, steaming water, then hold it close to the eye to circulate the steam and heat past the lid. This can help the stye drain.
- Gently massage the area with clean hands to try to open and drain the blocked gland or follicle – but DO NOT burst it yourself.
- Keep the eye area clean with a gentle cleanser or warm water
- If the stye is particularly painful, take pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
What to avoid
Avoid wearing contact lenses and eye makeup until the stye has ruptured and healed as this could make it worse.
Don’t try to pop a stye or remove an eyelash yourself – this can spread the infection and only a doctor can do this properly.
Don’t share towels with others as this could spread the bacteria further.
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