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What You Need To Know About A Stye To Protect Your Eyes

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Your eyes are one of the most important organs in your body and should be cared for with caution and care. However, many people fail to take the time to learn about how to care for their eyes, and in so doing put themselves at risk. One common problem that you can have is a stye. Here are some things that you need to know about styes so you can protect yourself.

What Is A Stye?

A stye is an infection that happens at the base of the eye. It is actually not part of the actual cornea, instead it is a clogged gland in the eyelid. The clogging gland usually starts around the eyelashes, and presents itself first as a little ball. The stye can be irritating, or you can hardly notice it. Instead, you may just notice a little bump of tissue on the skin. Then over time if it is not properly cared for, it can become red, itchy and inflamed; this is when you know the stye has become infected. An infected stye can be painful and eventually lead to more problems. This is why the moment you notice the gland is clogged you should start treatment.

What Can You Do To Treat A Stye?

Treating a stye is generally pretty simple. The first thing you should do is apply pressure and movement. The gland has been clogged with fluid and perhaps even infected pus, which is why you need to keep it moving. Thus, you should apply heat and pressure to the area. Some people take a hot washcloth and hold it to the area for a couple minutes. Then they massage the area with their fingers to help break up the fluid. If you don't want to use a washcloth, you can get in a hot shower and let the steam break up the fluid. During this time you should avoid wearing makeup or things that would irritate it. The more you can let it breathe, the better.

If the stye becomes infected you may need to get a medicated eye drop. This will help to stop the infection from spreading. If the clogged duct cannot be broken up, there is a good chance that the infection will only get worse and worse. This is when you should seek medical attention.

By understanding what a stye is and how to treat it you can protect your eyes from lasting problems. Visit Mid-America Vision Center if you have any questions.