For people who have a stinging or throbbing pain in the edge of their eyes.
A sty can be irritating since it hurts every time you blink.
In this article we will introduce the causes of a sty and how to cure it.
We hope it will help you cure yours before it becomes worst.
- What’s a sty?
- The causes of a sty
- How to cure a sty
１．What’s a sty?
When you have a sty, a part of your eye lid becomes red and itchy, or starts to hurt. It sometimes feels as if something round is inside your eye.
In the early stages the redness and swelling is hard to notice, but it may hurt when you blink or press it with your fingers. When it starts to become bigger, your entire eyelid starts to swell and lots of eye mucus begins to come out. Eventually the white area of your eye starts to become red.
In the worst case, pus begins to develop below your skin, eventually tearing the skin and coming out.
In Japanese, a sty is commonly called a “Monomorai” meaning “a thing that you got” (how simple can it get). It also has over 20 different names depending on the area of the country, ranging from “Ohimesan (princess)” to “Baka (stupid)”. Most names include the word “me (eyes)”
It’s rare that something can be called in so many different (and interesting) ways!
２．The causes of a sty
As the Japanese name “Monomorai (a thing that you got)”, a sty is sometimes thought to be transmitted from person to person, but since the cause is bacteria, that is not true.
The cause of a sty is called staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacteria that is regularly in our mucus membranes and skin. When the body becomes ill or tired, the resistance against the bacteria weakens, causing a sty to occur. There are also cases where stress affects your automatic nerves weakening your immune system, creating a sty.
A sty is an acute suppurative inflammation of the oil glands and sweat glands of the eyelids. There are two oil glands in eyelids; one is on the root of the eyelashes, and another is deep inside the eyelid, called the meibomian gland.
Not washing sweat and makeup enough can cause bacteria infection. Scratching your eyes with a dirty towel can also be a cause of a sty. Soft contact lenses can also easily grow bacteria, so be careful to keep them clean.
Drawing eyeliner to the very edge of your eyes may block your oil glands and sweat glands. Not washing your face enough can clog these glands, causing a sty to occur.
３． How to cure a sty
When your eyes kind of hurt when you blink, or the edge of your eyes slightly sting, be sure to quickly take care.
Curing a sty at an early stage can relieve the pain easier, and will prevent the hassle of having to go to the hospital to cure it.
- Keep your eyelids clean
- Try not to touch them
- Cool down your eyelids
- Wash your eyes with eye lotion
- Use plenty of antibacterial eye drops
By doing these, symptoms will start to cure in a few hours. The most important thing is to cure it quickly. Having antibacterial eye drops with you at all times may be a good idea. One time disposable types of eye drops are easy to keep clean and have with you at all times. They are strongly recommended.
Some people have an image that you have to wear an eye patch when you get a sty, but according to eye doctors it is not necessary since it is’nt contagious.
Adding to that, wearing an eye patch speeds up bacteria production, and covering up an eye makes it hard to see, making it dangerous to walk, drive, e.t.c. If you don’t like to show your swollen eye, try covering it up with glasses.
If you get a sty, try to avoid eye make up. In case you have to do it, avoid the edge of your eye, and when taking it off use eye make remover thoroughly.
Contact lenses are also a hotbed for bacteria to reproduce. When you are dealing with a sty, use glasses or one-day disposable contact lenses.
A sty is a symptom that occurs when your body is weak on resistance. Once you get it, it can sometimes become a habit. Remember how to deal with it, and try to cure it as quickly as you can.
We hoped you enjoyed “The edge of my eye hurts! The causes of a sty and how to cure it”
Thank you for reading.