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How to manage styes?

How to manage styes?

A stye is an infection in the hair follicles of the eyelash; it develops due to blockage of the hair follicle or its related gland, leading to local inflammation and bacterial infection.

Styes appear mainly at the outer edge of the eyelid, in the form of pimple-like swollen spot surrounded by area of redness.

For proper management of the stye; the following tips are recommended:

  1. Squeezing of the stye is prohibited under any circumstances.
  2. It's advised to apply clean bandages soaked in warm water over the affected eye for 5-15 minutes, 3-5 times daily. This procedure helps in spontaneous drainage and relief of the stye.
  3. Avoiding touching eye with hands as possible.
  4. Washing eyes with baby shampoo, as it doesn't burn eyes.
  5. Frequent wash of hands with soap and water.
  6. Women should avoid applying makeup. Also, contact lenses aren't allowed until reaching full recovery.
  7. Medication: it includes oral antibiotics as well as local antibiotic drops, anti-inflammatory drugs and artificial tears.


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