How To Treat Sty Eye?

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How to treat sty eye?

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A sty (medical term: hordeolum) is an inflamed swelling or circumscribed abscess that occurs when a secretory eyelid oil gland becomes infected. Bacteria infects the oil gland causing inflammation, redness and pain of the eyelid and surrounding tissue—resembling a swollen red bump or pimple.

Stys generally last 7-14 days if untreated and 1-2 days if treated with the proper medication.

The best sty treatment includes medication and a variety of at-home self-care measures, such as warm compresses and eyelid scrubs.

For at-home self-care treatment, cleanse the affected eyelid with a nonirritating baby shampoo or soap mixed with lukewarm tap water. Then thoroughly clean the edge of the eyelids with an eyelid scrub or a Q-tip. Cleanse the eyelids gently and while the eyes are closed to avoid eye injury.

If the sty doesn’t resolve within 14 days, a medical professional will often lance the sty to accelerate drainage. However, it’s highly advised patients do not lance the sty, which can cause a serious eye infection. Doctors might also treat persistent stys with antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, chloramphenicol or erythromycin. Generally, the optometrist or ophthalmologist will prescribe oral antibiotics only when the infection has spread.

Surgery is considered the last resort in sty treatment. If topical ointments, antibiotics, and at-home medical care therapies fail, the doctor will surgically remove the sty.

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