Nope – not a pimple, that’s Stye Eye!
Often it is said that the beauty of a human is seen through their eyes because eyes are the doorway to their heart, where love lives. In Vedas, eyes are given a prime position with the saying Sarvendriyanam nayanam pradhanam, which means eyes are the most primary and important sense among all the senses. The most important sense in the human body can be infected and could cause trouble which we call Stye Eyes.
If your eyes are itchy, irritated, tearing and red then they are possibly the symptoms of Stye eye. The causative organism of stye is Staphylococcus bacteria which is infectious and contagious. Stress upon the eyes could be one of the causes for this bacterial stye. Constant opening of the eye without blinking 15-20 times in a minute on an average also stresses the eye. Two types of styes are diagnosed depending on their origin.
- External stye: A lump is seen on the follicular line of the eyelashes
- Internal stye: A tiny lump is seen in the inside of the eyelashes
Recognizing your Stye
- A tiny red lump along the line of your eyelashes which can be mistaken for a pimple
- Irritation and sensitivity of the eye
- Eye discharges constantly and sometimes with tiny yellow pus in the middle of the red lump
- Tearing for long periods
- Crustiness in the eyes or an urge to rub the eyes as though some dust is in the eyes
- Usually, one eye at a time is affected but rarely both the eyes can be affected at the same time
All the above symptoms or a few of them can be initially seen if you are affected with Stye.
Stye eye treatment
The treatment of your stye eye is very simple and can be treated at home if diagnosed initially. Follow these steps to get rid of the infection at the earliest.
- Dip a clean cotton towel in the warm water and apply on the affected eye. Let it sit for a few minutes and dip again. Continue the process for at least 15 minutes at a time, and 5-6 times in a day.
- Before and after doing the warm compress wash your hands thoroughly to restrict the infection.
- Similar to the above clean cotton towel, even a green tea bag can help because green tea is known for its antibacterial properties. Do the process with tea bag once or twice in a day.
- Rest your eyes properly by avoiding the screens such as phone, laptop, desktop or TV.
- Keep a separate cloth to clean the tears and discharges from the eyes and wash it thoroughly.
- Treat the affected eye thoroughly to prevent infection to the other eye
- Never attempt to squeeze the pus in the lump. If the pus is out the infection spreads rapidly.
- Allow the eyes to shed the pus and discharges naturally, which washes out the infection as well.
If you notice that your stye is not improving with the above measures it’s time to see the doctor who might prescribe an antibiotic cream for the stye eye.
Don’ts for the Stye eye
- Do not rub your eyes
- Do not touch your eyes for warm compress with unwashed hands
- Do not handle your contact lenses carelessly and avoid using for the stye eye, to stop spreading the infection. Even if you have to use the contact lenses avoid them touching your skin around the eye
- Never try to cover the stye with makeup which will actually blocks the ducts in the line of eyelashes and generates more infection
Call your doctor for free immediately if your symptoms do not subside. For expert consulting do not hesitate to make a call for improving your health.