Eye Stye Treatment, Symptoms and Causes
The eye styes are common eye infections similar to chalazia but with different eye styes symptoms. Styes can form on the outside or inside of the eyelid and they usually look like a small red bump. Styes are caused by buildups of bacteria, oil or debris on the eyelash follicle. They may be triggered by stress but can also be a complication of blepharitis. In order to avoid getting a stye on eye is important to keep a proper eye hygiene especially if you wear contact lenses or you wear makeup. One is recommended to remove makeup every time before going to sleep. Makeup left on overnight may cause styes and also other eye infections. Bacteria may also be responsible for causing eye styes. The most common bacterium causing styes is Streptococcus Aureus.
Most of the times the stye on eye is harmless and they tend to disappear within a week or two even if no eye stye treatment was administrated. The first signs of a stye consist in watery eyes, pain or tenderness, itching or redness of the eye. Also, one may experience light sensitivity and the feeling of a bruised eye. The symptoms of a stye are usually acute, shorter in duration and more painful that chalazia symptoms. In more severe cases of styes a yellow spot appears in the center of the bump. This may look more like a pimple. The yellow spot is actually pus that builds up inside the stye. In this case a specialist may consider draining the pus before the stye ruptures.
Eye stye treatment usually begins with applying the home remedies. The stye symptoms are relieved if a warm compress of washcloth if gently rubbed against the eyelid for about 10 minutes, 4 times a day. Massaging the entire area can help in speeding the healing. If the symptoms do not disappear or seem to worsen medical care should be sought. A specialist will diagnose the stye and treat it with antibiotic ointments, eye drops or pills. Infection can spread to the surrounding areas of the eyes so antibiotics will be necessary in order to kill the bacteria causing the infection. The most common antibiotics used are erythromycin, chloramphenicol or Amoxicillin. A recent treatment for styes has been proved to be more effective than the others in the form of Azasite, a topical eye drop.
One of the common complications of styes is chalazion. The stye that does not disappear within a week or two is the first sign that it may be turn into chalazion. This means that the oil glad has become infected and develops a blockage. The gland inflames and a hard painless bump or cyst remains visible on the eyelid. Individuals who suspect they may have chalazion should visit a specialist in order to get the right treatment as early as possible. Chalazion usually is treated in few months or even two years.
The eye styes symptoms are usually bearable and disappear within two weeks even if treatment has not been taken.