A lot of things can cause a stye, and some are completely in your control. In this article, I am going to cover things you can do to help prevent styes and at the end I’ll give you my tip on how to get rid of a stye overnight.
Why do we get styes?
We have about 30 oil glands in our upper and lower eye lid. When one of these glands gets clogged the problem can start. The Clogged oil gland can get infected with bacteria and pus builds up and voila you have a stye or external hordeolum. Now if this clog and infection is deeper in the eyelid it is called an internal hordeolum.
How long do styes typically last?
Most are gone in about a week, but some stubborn ones can hang on for several months. The quicker we get the proper treatment started the more likely they are to be gone quicker and not need antibiotics
What causes styes?
Sometimes not getting all of your makeup removed from the area can cause the glands to get clogged up. Now the makeup remover is not the problem typically, but sometimes an oil based make up remover can leave some of the glands clogged. So, remember to get all of your make up and the remover off of your eyelids. Some eye diseases like blepharitis, dry eyes, or ocular rosacea can cause styes as well. The most common cause though is just from touching your eyelid with dirty hands.
Are styes contagious?
Styes are not contagious just like a bacterial infection on your arm is not contagious and pimples are not contagious.
Are styes allergy related?
While styes aren’t directly related to allergies they are in a non direct way. Allergies make the eyes itch and when our eyes itch we tend to want to rub them, and touching our eyes with dirty hands is the number one cause of a stye. So, I do tend to see more styes during allergy season, but again that is just because our eyes are being touched more often during that time.
How do we treat styes?
The first line is warm compresses. You can take a warm wash cloth and heat it up in the microwave if you have a Bruder mask this works better than the warm wash cloth, but either way you will want to hold it over your eyes for about 10 minutes and do this 2-3 times a day for a couple days. If the stye is not improving after a couple days you would want to contact your local eye doctor to see about getting it fixed. Sometimes the eye Doctor will drain it themselves like I have done here for this patient in a Dr. Pimple Popper type fashion. The doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic or perform some other surgical procedure.
Is there anything for sale at the store that will help?
Some stores sell stye removal drops, ointments, or cremes. Typically these things don’t really do much help, but trick us quite a bit into thinking that they will help. The way they trick us is they will say to use this for 3-4 days to get rid of a stye. Well, if it takes 2 days before you go and buy something and most are gone in about a week. Then, after using the treatment for 4 days you are at 6 days which is right at a week. Thus, most people are tricked into thinking it fixed the problem and spread the misinformation that whatever the product was helped. The only thing from a store that is beneficial for a stye is a wash cloth or Bruder mask.
Is Neosporin or triple antibiotic helpful to get rid of a stye?
On the surface Neosporin or a triple antibiotic sounds like it would be very helpful. I mean I identified early on that a stye is a bacterial infection and Neosporin or triple antibiotics are well antibiotics. The problem here is the oiliness of the medication. While this may kill off the bacteria in the area this oil is going to clog other glands in the area and put them at risk of becoming infected in the days after stopping the triple antibiotic. So, while this sounds and looks good on paper it really isn’t helpful.
Can styes be prevented?
There is no sure fire way to keep someone from getting a stye. However, proper eyelid hygiene is an easy first line of defense. The next thing you could do is use a Bruder mask on a nightly basis to help keep the oil melted. This allows the oil to be flow more easily and less likely to get clogged up.
How to get rid of a stye quickly
The best way to get rid of styes quickly is to use a Bruder mask for about 15 minutes. Then, take a hot shower and wash your hands and face with an antibacterial soap like dial. Make sure to try and not get the soap in your eyes because well it burns as everyone knows. This will hopefully rid the stye in 1-2 days and not the 6-7 days it typically takes for them to resolve. And if it is a really bad one. Make sure to seek out an Eye care professional. The quicker we can get treatment started on these typically the less likely they are to turn into a chalazion. Which while not a major concern these can still be annoying.