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Sty Eye Infection - How do you get Sty?

Styes can affect anyone at any age, but chances of getting them increase as a person becomes more stressed. Both males and females possess the same risk of suffering from styes during their lifetime. They can occur inside or outside of the eyelid. It is usually an external sign that the immune system is weak, as styes sometimes occur during weakening sicknesses such as measles.

Sty Eye Infection - Causes, Symptoms & Prevention of Styes

The Staphylococcal bacteria are the main cause of the sty. The bacteria are found in the nasal passage, and when one rubs the nose and then touches the eyes after, irritation develops. It will manifest in the form of a red spot that resembles a pimple, usually in the upper or lower eyelid, or sometimes in the corner of the eye. The affected area will get swollen and red, sensitive, and sometimes painful. The Staphylococcal bacteria will cause pus to grow from the sty. Those suffering from eye styes must remember to never pop the sty like one would a normal pimple. It will dissipate and heal on its own. Another cause of the stye is when the oil glands around the eyelashes or inside the eyelid get clogged.  
Other symptoms of a sty are discomfort when blinking, watering in the eye, and redness of the eye, swelling in a certain area of the eye or the entire eyelid, or a raised or swollen bump in the eye.

Xanthelasma is another type of eyelid bump which occurs in or around the eyelids in the form of a yellow demarcation. The yellow substance is a gathering of cholesterol underneath the skin. As one gets older, the chances for getting Xanthelasma increases, and they are usually a sign of high cholesterol. They are neither harmful nor painful, but can be removed with various forms of surgery.

Papillomas are yet another type of eyelid bump that are pink or that are the same color as the skin. They are initially harmless but can grow and increasingly affect vision. Surgery is required to remove papillomas.
Those suffering from eye styes must remember to avoid wearing makeup during treatment to decrease the chances of more bacteria getting in contact with the eye. There are many natural ways to help speed up the healing process of eye styes, and one is by applying hot compress on the area for 10 to 15 minutes, several times a day. This will bring down the size of the sty. Another is by sleeping with a moistened tea bag that is bandaged over the infected eye. The tea will draw the head out of the sty.
A decocotion acacia leaves in two cups of water can help when compressed on the eyelids. Guava leaves, placed on a damp cloth that has been soaked in warm water and applied to the sty several times a day can also help cure the sty.

The most important method for preventing styes is to constantly wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes. Pass this habit on to your children, who may have a habit of touching their eyes with extremely dirty hands.