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The eyelid contains many tiny oil glands, and these can become clogged up by dirt, oil or even dead skin. Once this occurs, it creates a great breeding ground for bacteria, and so the style is born.

If you have ever experienced a stye before, you will know how uncomfortable and irritating they are. A stye looks like a pimple, or a red bump on the outer edge of either your upper or lower eyelid. Sometimes, though not as common, the stye may form on the inner side of the eyelid. So why do they occur?

The eyelid contains many tiny oil glands, and these can become clogged up by dirt, oil or even dead skin. Once this occurs, it creates a great breeding ground for bacteria, and so the style is born. The stye can be painful, increase the amount of tears produced, and form a crusty layer around the eyelid. Often they will go away by themselves, with the help of some home treatments. Of course the best treatment is prevention.

How To Help Prevent Styes

Always wash your hands before you touch any of the areas around your eyes. It may be hard to resist rubbing your eyes sometimes, but make sure your hands are clean before you do so.

As tempting as it may be to hold on to old makeup, you are really not doing your eyes any favors by keeping it. Old mascara, brushes, eyeliners and eyeshadows can all contain bacteria if they have been around for a long time. It is recommended that you throw it out after 3 months.

Don’t share your makeup with anyone, particularly the applicators, wands and brushes. And always remove your makeup before you go to bed at night, to prevent it from irritating the eye and blocking the glands.

When Do You Need To See A Doctor?

If you have been using any of the home remedies for a number of days, and the stye is still there or even worse, then you should see your doctor. Occasionally the stye has to be drained, and this can only be done by a medical professional. Sometimes an antibiotic ointment may also need to be prescribed.

Are Home Treatments Safe?

Most of the time, home treatments will work for styes, and these remedies won’t cause you any further harm or damage. The treatments involve natural products, or methods that are perfectly safe. Because a stye can be generally treated easily, there is usually no need for medical intervention, unless the stye worsens, which may indicate the need for antibiotics or draining.

One of the most important things to remember is to never try and pop the stye by squeezing. This is likely to cause the infection to spread, and you could end up with a much larger problem! Also, don’t wear makeup while you have a stye – this will aggravate the stye and make it worse. Same goes for contact lenses – these should be avoided while you have a stye.

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