HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A STYE?
Dr. Jim Martin 09/10/2013
If you find yourself getting styes regularly, you should seek medical attention from your eye care professional. Diabetes is known to result in frequent eyelid infections. Styes are different from chalazions, which are the result of the oil glands in the eyelids becoming inflamed.
What are the Symptoms of a Stye?
Some of the most common, recognizable of a style include:
- Eyelid swelling
- Pain in eyelid
Over several days, the stye will enlarge as the infected follicle fills up with pus; usually, this swelling will take several more days to subside. You should not squeeze the swelling as this could cause the infection to spread, resulting in the formation of more styes.
The infection can sometimes spread to other eyelashes, which may cause multiple styes. If this happens, or if the stye starts to drain pus into the eye, consult an eye doctor as soon as possible. Styes may also result in staph blepharitis which is a chronic infection.
What Causes Styes?
You already have the bacteria in your body that causes styes, as in most cases they are caused by staphylococcal bacteria that have been transferred from the nose to the eye. Styes are contagious and you can infect other people if you:
- Share towels, pillowcases, makeup or any other item that comes into contact with your eyes.
- Have clogged glands. Just as pores can become clogged and result in acne pimples, eyelid glands can become clogged and result in styes.
- Wear too much eye makeup. Wearing old eye makeup can also cause styes to form.
- Have diabetes mellitus.
- Have the skin condition rosacea.
What are your Treatment Options for a Stye?
The only risk posed by styes is the potential that the infection could spread elsewhere in the eye, or to other people. Stye infections that persist for longer than 48 hours may require medical treatment. If you seek medical care, an eye doctor will open and drain the stye. Do not try this method yourself! An eye doctor may also prescribe a topical antibiotic to help to ease the discomfort. If you are concerned you have a stye and the symptoms have not subsided, contact Broome Optical in Amarillo, Texas. The caring eye doctors have experience in treating different kinds of eye infections, including styes. Contact the eye care team at Broome Optical today.