Sat 17 Dec, 2011 09:10 am
its my birthday party in 2 days and my eye is really swollen and is forming into a sty, i really want it away for my party as it is really noticable and discomferting, i tried the ring method for two hours straight and i did the teabag method...it helped a little but it is still very swollen, any ideas?please hep!
I would go to the doctor, just my opinion.
im only 14 i cant go to the doctor alone and nobody has time to take me
Read what Region posted. Use a microwave to heat up water in a mug and dip a wash cloth in and place it directly on the sty as hot as you can stand (don't burn yourself). Do this over and over. Hot compresses will bring the pus up the surface and will be expelled. DO NOT try and pop the sty - it will look worse. Stys come from dirt and improperly removed makeup. Keep your eye area clean, especially if you wear contacts.
If your entire eye is swollen you need to see a doctor.
The way I understand it, the cause of stys is/are not necessarily caused by dirt but from a bacterial infection. Typically communicated by an oily blocked gland on the eyelid area, fingers in eye or perhaps from someone (maybe even a toddler) that might have some bacterial infection.
Officially here's what Web MD writes:
"Styes are usually caused by obstructed orifices (or openings) of the oil glands in the eyelid. Very frequently, they are infected by bacteria, most commonly Staphylococcus bacteria.
Seborrhea (excessive oily discharge from the glands) may increase the likelihood of developing one of these infections. Certain factors can contribute to the blockage of the glands:\
•improper or incomplete removal of eye makeup;
•use of outdated or infected cosmetics;
•poor eyelid hygiene;
•inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, such as blepharitis, meibomitis, and rosacea;
•and hormonal changes."
Sorry, I should have been more specific. Yes, it is bacteria which is usually caused by poor hygiene. Most women get them from makeup (once you get a sty throw out all those eye liners) and they are easy to get one if you wear contacts and don't wash your hands before putting them or removing them. Young girls are notorious for sharing things like makeup and tend to pass stys around.
However, not minimize it, there's also the additional cause that is not related to poor (eyelid) hygiene: hormonal excesses and stress...particularly prevalent with children and teenagers.