How to Treat a Stye – Eye Stye Home Remedies


so have you ever had a stye on your
eyelid? well in this video we’re gonna be covering exactly what a sty is, the best
ways to treat a sty, as well as some extra pro tips thats gonna help a
sty heal much faster and prevent them from returning so let’s take a look hey everyone welcome to dr. ah health
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otherwise let’s go over styes so what is a sty well in the medical world we don’t
even call it a sty we call it a hordeolum and a hordeolum means an
infection of one of the glands of your eyelid and you can have two different
types of hordeolums you can have an external hordeolums where it’s an
infection of the gland of zeiss or the hair follicle or you can have an
internal hordeolum where you have an infection of the meibomian gland and
that’s the oil gland on the inside of the eyelid and since it’s an infection
the sty or a hordeolum is going to be red kind of swollen and painful and if
you do have an external hordeolum or the true sty then it could even form a white
head and look sort of like a pimple but it’s not a pimple and should try not to
pop it under any circumstance because if you try to pop it like a pimple you
could end up pushing the puss further deeper inside of that infection and that
could cause the infection to spread it becoming a preceptal cellulitis or worse so definitely don’t do that so this infection of the eyelid is
most commonly caused by the Staphylococcus species of bacteria and
since it’s a bacterial infection the best number one best way to treat this
infection is with an antibiotic and so if you are having a stye and you want
to get this done with right now right away make sure you go see your eye
doctor and get treated with an antibiotic it’s largely
did that the best antibiotic choice is an oral antibiotic so taking an oral
medication is going to help this recover much faster. in rare cases a topical
antibiotic may be prescribed but that’s usually in cases of the external stye
that has already ruptured and some of the pus is leaking out or it could be
because a person has an excess amount of what’s called blepharitis which is the
overgrowth of the normal flora bacteria that live on our eyelids that eat all
the dead skin cells and oils and if someone has an excess amount of that
bacteria they may be at higher risk of either developing more styes or stys in
the future so on occasion yeah a topical antibiotic may help however even though
nine times out to ten most of my patients are coming in I do end up
treating them with some form of oral antibiotic there occasionally is
somebody who doesn’t want to take antibiotics and I totally get that
right between antimicrobial resistance or its effects on our gut flora some
people just would prefer to go the more conservative treatment and so I want to
go over the best practices in order to make that work now if you do any
research on your own whether it be online or through a medical textbook
you’ll find some sort of comment about doing warm compresses and that’s true a
warm compress really does work. if you know how to do it right and so there’s
three things you need to focus on to do one compress correctly and that is one
focus on heat two is time and three is frequency number one is heat and you
need continuous heat to the eyelid and that heats gonna help melt the
solidified oils of your oil gland as well as help fluid movement of your
immune system to help it fight off that infection number two is gonna be time
and all for this to work you need to have the heat supplied for at least 10
minutes at a time I personally like to go a little bit longer closer to 15
maybe 20 minutes however you need at least 10 minutes and this is where most
people tend to fail with doing warm compresses because they usually try to
go the route of using a warm washcloth which just does not work because if you
try to heat up the warm washcloth under hot water
what happens it cools off within a matter of seconds so you get like four
to five seconds and it’s cold again and so you have to take it off and you have
to reheat it and when you’re doing that you’re breaking rule number one you’re
not getting continuous heat so you end up having to heat it up put it back on
heat it put it back on yeah it just doesn’t work it’s messy
stop doing it number three is going to be frequency you need to be doing a warm
compress at least four times a day you could do it more often if you want to be
really aggressive about it but at very least qid four times a day so now I know
you’re probably thinking hey Joe if I can’t use a warm washcloth then what
should I be using to do compresses well I think the easiest answer is to
consider our reheatable eye masks such as this one this happens to be the one
that I’m using called the Bruder eye mask you can of course shop around
there’s other different similar brands but these ones I like because they did
make it really easy to put in the microwave you heat it up for about 20
seconds and then you can actually put it on and it holds the heat for at least
about 10 minutes or more I get about 20 minutes out of this it does have a
little cool strap on the back so if you want you can just strap it on and you
can kind of relax otherwise it is washable so if it ever gets dirty you
can just hand wash it and you can also be used for people who are having
evaporative dry eye disease and if you haven’t checked out my video or I
covered its use for dry eye I’ll hook you up with a link down in the video
description below as well as in the YouTube card up above usually the
brooder masks come in somewhere around 20 to 30 dollars online but you could of
course check out other brands shop around but I think that for 20 30 bucks
it is a really awesome value now my next pro tip is to clean the eyelids with
some sort of lid and lash cleanser that’s gonna decrease the bacterial load
on the surface of the eye during an active infection and it’s gonna help
prevent development of blepharitis which again could in turn caused problems with
size in the future now there’s this gentle transition in ophthalmology from
using detergent soaps to cleanse the eyelids instead going toward what’s
called hypochlorous acid hypochlorous acid is a solution that’s safe non-toxic
non-irritating that our body surely produces on its own for its
antimicrobial effects now the are some companies that have figured out a way to
kind of bottle and keep this solution stable the two most stable on the market
is Acuicyn as well as Avenova these two are fantastic they are basically the
most pure on the market and the most stable they last quite a long time
however they are prescription only so if you want to consider getting these
products you will have to consult with your doctor there are two products that
are over-the-counter that I’m aware of the first one here that I’ll mention is
called Hypochlor that’s by the Ocusoft company it does work pretty
excellent and also the Hydrate by EyeLove this is another hypochlorous acid
solution I think both work effectively to be much the same however the hydrate
solution you can find a lot of good deals a lot of times that have good
discounts going on pretty much all the time
now I typically use a solution about twice a day whether or not I have a stye
or not because again it does decrease all that extra bacterial load from the
surface of the eye when you use it you can choose to either spray it directly
onto the lid the closed lid itself and then wipe with just a piece of tissue
paper and wipe away from the eye or you can put it straight on to a cotton ball
which is what I do and then I wipe away from the center part of my lid to the
outside and that actually irritates and drags all of the extra dead skin cells
off of your lashes away from the eye now I have personally seen really good
success eliminating a style within 24 hours on my own with immediate very
aggressive conservative therapy however it is something to remind you that these
can last a long time and it could potentially build into something more
serious so I do recommend you go see your doctor have a discussion make sure
you’re getting the right diagnosis and that they’ll discuss with you the best
forms of treatment whether that’s with an antibiotic or with conservative
therapy alright question of the day have you had any success using any of these
tips whether it be the warm compresses or using eyelid cleansers go ahead and
comment in the section below I’d love to hear what’s working for you alright
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