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Do you sometimes feel some itchiness in your eyelids and look in the mirror to see that they are red and swollen? Then, you reach out and rub and press with your dirty hands, only to find that the redness and swelling are even worse. This means you may have a "stye."

tiny stye

What is the "stye"

Hordeolum is commonly known as the "stye". It is an acute purulent lesion of the eyelid gland with the typical symptoms of acute inflammation, such as redness, swelling, heat, pain, and a hard nodule that breaks down and discharges pus.

Why do I get the "stye"

Is it because you saw something you shouldn't have seen? Of course not!

Most "stye" (i.e., Hordeolum) are triggered by staphylococcal infections, with those caused by Staphylococcus aureus is the most common. In addition, aseptic inflammation caused by factors such as obstruction of the opening of the lid gland can lead to secondary infection and eventual progression to endophthalmitis.

There is no lack of many predisposing factors.

1. Touching your eyes with unclean hands. For example, not washing your hands before wearing contact lenses, rubbing your eyes, etc.

2. Poor hygiene in the eyelid area. Eye makeup is not removed promptly, using expired eye shadows, eye creams, and other cosmetics.

3. Underlying or periocular diseases lead to a decrease in the body's immune system. Such as blepharitis, acne, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia.

How to deal with the "stye"

Hordeolum is an acute inflammation caused by septic bacteria invading the eyelid glands. Therefore, it is essential to treat with antibiotic eye solution or eye ointment for antibacterial treatment whenever there are signs of redness, swelling, heat, and pain.

If there is no improvement for a long time or even signs of deterioration, you must seek medical attention and follow medical advice.

How to prevent it in normal times

  • Do not share a towel with someone who has hordeolum. Sharing a towel may bring bacteria into the eye and cause the hordeolum to develop.
  • Be sure to remove eye makeup every day before going to bed. Sometimes when a lot of makeup is applied to the eyelashes' base, it can easily cause the opening of the lid gland to become blocked.
  • Don't rub your eyes with dirty hands, as this can quickly bring bacteria into your eyes.
  • Don't rub your eyes with dirty hands, as this can quickly bring bacteria into your eyes.
  • Pay attention to adjusting the rest so that the eyes get rest, not to use the eyes too much, causing eye fatigue so that bacteria can take advantage.
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