USING A HOT COMPRESS FOR STYES
A warm compress is the quickest way to eliminate a stye—without prescription drugs. A stye is an inflamed swelling of the eyelid that resembles a pimple or boil. The red, painful lump forms when an oil gland in the eyelid becomes blocked. Without treatment, styes usually clear within 7 to 14 days, but sometimes faster.
Applying a warm compress to a stye can quickly speed the healing process, sometimes in 3 to 6 days. The purpose of a warm compress is to liquify the accumulation of pus inside the abscess and cause it to drain from the edge of the eyelid margin, or to weaken the surface of the skin so the stye burst. Once the stye leaks or ruptures, the stye rapidly heals. Follow these directions to increase the chances at getting rid of a stye within a short time.
USING A WARM COMPRESS TO TREAT A STYE
- Take a pad or thickly folded cloth and soak the material in a bowl of hot water, ring out the excess water and allow it to cool to a comfortably high temperature.
- To avoid injury to the eye, test the temperature of the pad on the arm to make sure it’s not to hot.
- Gently apply the hot compress directly over the abscess. Make sure both the lower and upper eyelids are closed to protect the eyeball from injury. When the intensity of the heat diminishes from the compress, repeat steps 1 and 2.
- Apply the warm compress to the eye stye 5 to 8 times daily, and for 10 minutes each session.
Do not press the warm compress on the stye with to much force. Applying constant pressure to defective oil glands can cause blockage to nearby glands—causing a new stye to form. It’s common to get recurring styes, or two styes in the same eye at the same time.
Styes located in the upper eyelid tend to be stubborn styes to remove. If the warm compress doesn't cause the stye to breach the surface of the skin, or leak from the oil gland opening at the edge of the eyelid, the stye can become a chalazion.
A chalazion, or meibomian gland lipogranuloma, is a cyst in the eyelid caused by complete blockage of a meibomian gland. A chalazion is the remains of a stye, and they grow to the size of a pea. Chalazions can last a month or longer and usually require surgical removal.