How To Get Rid of a Stye
One of the men that I work with had a stye which was causing his eyelid to be swollen. I was a little surprised to find out that he didn't know how to get rid of it.
I had experienced getting them a few times as a kid. So I knew what my mom had always had me do. Her home remedy for styes always helped me to get rid of it fast.
Plus when I was older I actually got one while I was at work and it was scratching my eyeball. That one I got sent to the hospital for and while I was there they gave me some other ideas for how to deal with a stye.
What Is a Stye?
What is a stye? It is a bump on the edge of your eyelid. They may cause your eyelid to swell, or they may become filled with puss, or it may do both.
What causes them? They are usually caused by staphylococcal bacteria. This is one of the many bacteria that is found on human skin. When this bacteria mixes with dead cells or debris it will cause a pimple like bump to form on your eyelid.
Home Remedies For Styes
When I was a kid my mom used to make a pot of tea. Drinking the tea itself doesn't help. She would remove the tea bag from the water and let it cool a little (you don't want to get burned).
When it was still warm she would have me lie down, close my eye, and put the tea bag over my eye. This works in two ways: the tea bag acts as a warm compress and something in the tea is supposed to draw out the infection.
This was what I recommended to the man at work. Another lady was there and she said it should be a herbal tea. I told them both that we only had regular tea (Tetly - orange pekoe) when I was a kid and it worked just fine.
He was happy that he wasn't going to have to go out and buy a special tea. However he was even happier the next day when he came in and his eye was no longer swollen.
If you are going to be taking care of it yourself, be sure to wash your hands, before you start and after. You don't want to add anymore germs to the site or transfer them to your other eye.
To keep your eye clean you can dilute baby shampoo with water and then dip a clean cloth in the solution to wipe your eye. You don't want to use regular soap as that can dry out and irritate your eye.
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Stye in Eye as an Adult
As an adult I got a more serious stye. I was at work and my eye started to bother me. It was itchy and feeling irritated. At first I just thought they were dry and bloodshot, so I asked one of my coworkers if I could borrow their Visine eye drops.
My eye would feel relieved for a little while, but then the irritation would come back. After a while it started to feel like something was scratching my eye. I had been working with cardboard so we thought some of it may have gotten into my eye.
So my Supervisor brought me to the First Aid room to see if he could see a foreign object in my eye. When he couldn't locate anything he put a bandage cover over my eye. Then he sent me to the secretary to get Taxi receipts so I could go to the hospital to get it checked out.
The secretary handed me the two receipts and said one was to get to the hospital, the other was to get back to work. I had to ask her which one was which, since I normally wear prescription glasses, but after the supervisor put the bandage cover over my eye I couldn't wear them, so I couldn't read them. She was nice enough to fold the corner of one of them so I would know which one to give to the taxicab driver.
The same issue came up at the hospital when they asked for my health card. I opened up my wallet and did the best I could to identify the right card. I had to explain my situation and ask the person at admittance to make sure it was the right one. We then both joked about the possibility of me handing over my Visa card by accident instead.
How To Treat a Stye
Once I was at the hospital the doctor put a dye in my eye to check for a foreign object. Then he sent me for another test to make sure that nothing was lodged inside my eyeball.
What they found was that a stye had formed on the inside of my eyelid. It was dragging across my eyeball and scratching my eye. He recommended something that I already knew about, a warm compress.
However he also recommended two things that I hadn't thought of:
- Take some Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (such as Advil). The Advil would help to reduce the swelling on my eye and it would help with the pain of it scratching my eye.
- Use Lubricating eye gel drops. This type of drop will help to put a barrier between your eye and the bump on your swollen lid.
When I mentioned that I had been putting in Visine at work before I came to the hospital, he said Visine is a decongestant type of drop and they are designed to remove the red from your eyes. This type can dry out your eye, which would actually make it worse.
He specified that I needed one that was a lubricating style such as Natural Tears or Systane.
Lubricating Gel Drops
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Seek Medical Advice
A stye is something you can try to treat yourself. However there are times that warrant seeking professional medical help:
- If the swelling interferes with your eyesight
- If you feel pain in your eye
- If styes keep coming back - there may be an underlying issue
- If the swelling doesn't go down within a few weeks
If you are ever in doubt see a medical professional.
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Virginia Kearney from United States on February 26, 2015:
I have not had a stye, but my husband has had one a couple of times. I did not know there was anything you could do to help out the pain. Thanks for the very informative hub.