Chances are if you haven’t had a sty, you probably will at some point in your life. Fact is, the average person has a good chance of getting at least one sty and possibly two in their lifetime. Some people unfortunately get them chronically.
While they are the most common type of eyelid infections, styes can be annoying and painful, but typically they are not serious, nor are they an indication of anything serious.
What causes the ordinary sty, also referred to as an ‘external hordeolum’ is an eyelash infected at the follicle or root. When infected it unleashes a process that results in swelling.
When the sty swells, it begins to infect or clog other glands around the eyelid. And typically, when this happens you’ll often see and feel a small, pimple-like bump that starts to fill with pus.
So, the question is, what to do if and when this uncomfortable bump appears? First of all, don’t panic. A sty will usually go away on their own within a week or so after the pus drains. However, you can help speed the process along and ease the discomfort by making a warm compress. That’s simply a clean cloth dipped in warm water, which you then wring out, fold and gently hold it to the affected part of the eye for 10 to 15 minutes.
If you can find the time to do this up to 4 times a day for a few days, you’ll notice an improvement in a day or two. A complete healing should take place with a week.
If there is no improvement in the sty after more than 48 hours, or if you have more than one sty at the same time, it would be wise to schedule an appointment with your family doctor.