A Stye In Your Eye? How To Manage It When Pregnant

So you noticed that your eye is itchy and you noticed a growth and perhaps some redness. Well, you may have contracted an eye infection leading to a stye.

So, what is a stye in the eye?

A stye on the eye is synonymous with “barely on the eye” and is medically termed as “hordeolum”.

When the sebaceous gland of the eye is blocked,  the oil/sebum gets accumulated forming a lump. This when further gets invaded by bacteria (mainly Staphylococcus) causes an acute infection, which eventually becomes red, swollen and painful.  A stye can point externally (outward) or internally (inward).

What causes a stye?

Blockage of the sebaceous gland can occur due to:

  • Improper/incomplete removal of eye makeup
  • Using outdated cosmetics
  • Poor eye hygiene
  • Inflammatory disease of the eyelid (e.g., rosacea)
  • Stress or hormonal changes

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain, swelling, and redness of the eyelid
  • Redness of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing of the eye
  • Vision impairment (if the stye is large enough)

How can a stye be treated?

The infection starts out with a small painful swelling (millet size) and eventually starts to itch and become red. In 4-7 days, the stye “ripens” and forms a “head”. Eventually, at its apex, it whitens and a small round “pustule” is seen, which after a while gets opened. Once the contents get released (pus), the edema subsides and the pain remains for a while. The things you can do to treat the stye include:

  • Stop using cosmetics
  • Never pierce the stye
  • Salt/iodine can be used to fasten the ripening (if the doctor recommends & it is only the early stage of stye)
  • Use the prescribed antibiotic/eye drops given by your doctor/ophthalmologist
  • Dry heat application

We would recommend you to treat your stye at the earliest possible and follow your doctors advise. Do not self-medicate and if you have a sudden fever, lethargy or loss of appetite, consult your doctor immediately.

 

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Aishwarya

Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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