How to treat and remove a stye.

styeAlmost everyone has had a stye once and you know how annoying it is to have this ocular lump. A stye, or hordeolum, is a bacterial infection that appears on the edge of the eyelid, manifesting itself in the form of painful swelling that might look like a boil or a pimple. As you might already know, a stye disappears after a few days, but that is not necessarily always the case. Some cases the infection can remain for a prolonged period of time and might require medical assistance. However you can help to eliminate the stye quickly if you follow certain tips.

In the first place, it should be noted that the sties are contagious. Due to a bacterial infection it Is fairly easy to transmit the bacteria to people close to you. The first thing that you must take is a precaution and avoid sharing towels and clothes with other people, so that they are not in direct contact with the bacteria. Also, you must not touch the stye at all, because it could become infected because of dirt from hands and potentially become worse.

To reduce the inflammation of the stye, boil water with a bit of chamomile and apply it over on the eye without leaving it to cool out, but be careful not to apply it very hot as you could get burned. To apply this formula, use a gauze pad or towel and repeat several times a day for about 10 minutes; the heat will promote its disappearance and chamomile will help reduce the inflammation. Although a stye consists in the swelling of the eye, we must never apply ice to reduce it, but the treatment against sties must be the heat. You can also apply hot therapy carefully to help the stye go away. By using this method, we'll make the stye “mature” and open up, making the contents inside to come out.

When you go to bed, it is important to sleep on the side on which you have the stye, the reason is that sleeping and remaining on that position will cause the stye to be pressurized and eventually get reduced. It might sound far-fetched, but it is an actual true method.

If the stye is not going away after a few days it is very important that you visit a doctor so you can get a prescription for an antimicrobial treatment to help you get rid of the infection. But, if you keep a good hygiene and follow the aforementioned tips, the swelling will go away in a matter of days.

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