Styes

Monday, June 21, 2010

You have a swollen and painful bump on your eyelid. Is this something serious, or can you manage it with home treatment? Dr. Edward Hill tells us about eye styes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Styes are infections of the eyelids or eyelashes caused by bacterial infections of the oil producing glands. They usually present as a small yellow bump on the eyelid, but may cause redness, swelling and tenderness of the entire eyelid. This infection can cause tearing of the eye and discomfort to bright light.

To treat mild cases, apply warm compresses to the affected eye three to four times per day. This helps the oil gland drain, relieving the pressure and pain caused by the infection. Most styes are harmless and resolve in a few days. If it does not resolve, you should see the physician. Some styes require antibiotic drops or surgical drainage.

To prevent these infections, be sure to wash your hands before touching your eyes. People who wear contacts should follow the instructions for removal and cleaning. You should avoid wearing contacts any time you have an eye infection or any eye irritation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.