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  • Using outdated cosmetics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.




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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