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How to Prevent Getting Styes

Not only are styes often very uncomfortable, but they can also really knock your confidence, especially if you have a big event coming up – you might find yourself frantically searching the internet for an article on what causes a stye, to find out how you can prevent or heal them.

Styes Tips

Fear not! Here we have gathered some more information about styes – what they are, and how you can do your best to prevent or treat them.

A stye is a pink or red lump that appears on either the upper or lower eyelid and can be pretty painful, as well as causing other symptoms such as a watery eye, discharge, and light sensitivity. Styes are caused by a build-up of dead skin cells and other debris that becomes clogged in a hair follicle or oil gland and gets infected. This bacterial infection causes the painful lump, which often ends up with a white, or yellow head on it, in a similar way that a pimple does, but it’s important that you don’t try to pop it yourself, as that could spread the infection and cause some complications.

Some people are more prone to getting styes than others, for example, if you are diabetic, have rosacea, or blepharitis you might find that you get more styes than those around you without these conditions. Contact lens wearers spend a lot more time touching their eyes than people who don’t have to wear lenses, and because of this, they are more prone to contracting a stye. If you have allergies or struggle with itchy eyes for whatever reason, you are also more likely to get a stye, and people who have had a stye in the past are more prone to get them again.

So how can you ensure you don’t get a stye?

One of the easiest and most important things you can do is ensure that you always wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water before you touch your eyes, especially if you are putting in, or removing, contact lenses. Keeping your eye area clean is essential and you should ensure that you always carefully wash off any eye makeup before going to bed to avoid it clogging up the area. If you have a stye, you must make sure you don’t share a towel or washcloth with anyone else, as you may pass it on to them. Avoid wearing makeup on your eyes while you have a stye and if any of your makeup could be infected, it’s important that you throw it away and not use it again.

Styes do tend to go away on their own in around a week, however, you can speed along the process by holding a warm, clean washcloth on the area for around 10 minutes a few times a day. Make sure you use a fresh washcloth each time. If it becomes really painful or hasn’t healed after two weeks, you may need to be checked out by your doctor.

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