Dealing with an inflamed or swollen eyelid? You may have what is known as a stye. Styes can be annoying and cause pain when left untreated. Keep reading to learn more about what to do if you get a stye!
What Is A Stye?
A stye is a swollen eyelid that is the result of a blocked oil gland along the lid margin. They can be tender, red, and sometimes cause a change in vision.
The most common cause of styes is eyelid inflammation, known as blepharitis. Styes can worsen if you don’t fully remove your eye or face makeup.
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The immediate treatment for a stye is to apply hot compresses to the affected eyelid with a clean, wet towel.
Hot compresses are not usually enough. You may need to try eye drops, antibiotic ointments, and medications.
If prescription medications don’t help, it’s time to see an eyelid specialist. A specialist or oculoplastic surgeon can drain the stye which helps reduce inflammation.
When left untreated, a stye may turn into a more chronic form of eyelid swelling known as a chalazion.
To get the best results, an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon should diagnose you. In some cases, a biopsy of the stye or chalazion is necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
How Did I Get One?
Rosacea of the face or blepharitis are common pre-existing conditions that you may have before developing a stye. If you’re prone to eyelid swelling, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. This can help find the root of the problem.
Blepharitis is a common condition that causes a stye to form when left untreated. For patients with blepharitis, make sure to remove all eye makeup completely. Leaving makeup on your eyes for too long can lead to inflammation and eventual styes.
If your eyelids feel gritty, make sure to apply warm compresses. Warm compresses can help your oil glands function better. Another preventative tip is to bathe your eyelids with baby shampoo.
Baby shampoo is less harsh than other shampoos. It can help reduce risks of developing styes or chalazions by exfoliating the eyelids.
Styes are best treated by an eyelid specialist known as an oculoplastic surgeon. Oculoplastic surgeons are board certified in ophthalmology and are extra specialized in training.
How Do I Know If It’s A Stye?
It is important to have a stye or chalazion evaluated by an eyelid specialist. Rarely, these benign bumps can hide something like eyelid skin cancer.
A biopsy may be necessary to differentiate a stye from the most common eyelid skin cancers. An oculoplastic surgeon can use clues to diagnose if it’s benign or malignant.
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