I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid and somebody had a stye, I always thought it was caused from not washing your hands properly after going numero dos (number 2)! Did anyone else think that? Maybe my parents were using that ‘story’ to put the fear of god in me…. well maybe my grandmother told me that… she could easily put the fear of god in people, but either way, I was always so grossed out when people got them. Then about a year ago, I started to get them and I’m thinking like ‘omg…. am I not washing my hands enough, ahhhh’. Turns out, styes are caused by bacteria, but not just from the kind from you know where.
Styes are usually caused more specifically by staphylococcal (took like 20 minutes to spell that) bacteria, which often live right on the skin’s surface – okay, good so normal bacteria. Our bodies are covered with billions of friendly bacteria that coexist with us. When the conditions are right the bacteria feast on dead cells and other debris, resulting in the tender pimple.
An external stye starts as a small spot next to an eyelash (which are the ones I tend to get). It turns into a red, painful, often swollen bump that will last for about a week or more and then ‘burst’. It’s usually not exciting and I tend not to notice when it actually bursts but the pain does subside.
An internal stye (on the underside of the lid) also causes a red bump & swelling, but its location prevents the whitehead from appearing on the surface. The internal stye often disappears once the infection is doneski, or it may leave a small fluid-filled cyst that can continue and may have to be opened and drained by a professional.
Please never attempt to pop either type of stye on your own!
Either way, they’re terrible! I don’t know if you’ve ever had one, but it’s worse than getting a big old pimple in your nose. It makes it hard to blink, you look like you’ve been socked in the eye (without the bruising) & it’s so darn itchy.
#CheekyConfidential Do your best not to touch your stye as the bacteria can easily spread – especially to the other eye. So make sure not to wear makeup, throw out your mascara especially, wash your towels & makeup brushes and just steer clear of it.
Risk factors for getting a stye….
- Not washing your eye makeup off overnight
- Touching your eyes with dirty hands
- Inserting your contacts without washing your hands thoroughly
- Have rosacea
- Using old or expired cosmetics
- Getting skincare products (specifically oil in my case) in your eye that ‘clogs’ the tear duct
- Rubbing your eye
- Allergies – so I didn’t read this, but mine tend to pop-up when I have bad allergies, so maybe it’s associated more with rubbing the eye area when allergies are at their worst, but either way, it’s one of my theories
What to do if you get a stye….
Panic, just kidding… don’t panic!
The minute you feel a painful, tender bump appear, go to your local Walgreen’s type store & pick-up Similasan Stye Eye Relief Drops. This will solve the crisis in no time. Apply to the infected eye three times a day and by day 3 it’s like you never had it. We just had a Cheeky get in contact with us over a new stye, they tried this trick & it was gone in no time! This is in my purse & I use it immediately if I feel one coming!
Missed the window and you’ve got a full blown stye? Apply a green tea bag to your eye 3 times a day… it can be warm or cold. And then go pick up those drops! They literally are a life saver. You can also apply a warm compress to your eye up to 3 times a day that will help combat the swelling.
If it hurts, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to ease the pain & swelling.
If your stye doesn’t improve or worsens, you may need to take a trip to your doctor who can better assist you! Though we think our remedies above are a great start if you’ve got one forming. Let us know your favorite go-to stye remedy in the comment’s section below.
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