You are more at the risk of developing stye if:
- You have a history of the condition
- You do not follow proper hygiene
- You use expired eye makeup
- You wear lenses
- You have any medical conditions associated with eyes
- You have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, seborrheic dermatitis
Your doctor may be able to diagnose the condition just by having a look. To examine your eyes and eyelids closely, your doctor may even use light and magnifying devices.
In most cases, a stye does not require any treatment. It heals on its own.
The condition is treated using simple home remedies like using a warm compress. Your doctor may even recommend following good hygiene.
However, if the condition persists or turns painful, your doctor may recommend treatment. The treatment for stye mainly comprises medications, antibiotic cream, or eye drops. Your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics to relieve pain and have a quick recovery. If the condition persists or takes a longer time to heal, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic cream or eye drops.
If the stye does not heal even with antibiotics, your doctor may recommend surgical procedure. In this procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision on the affected area and remove the pus.
If the stye is left untreated, it may cause other conditions associated with eyes such as a Meibomian cyst or periorbital cellulitis. A meibomian cyst is a condition that occurs when a cyst occurs in the tear gland of the eyelid. Periorbital cellulitis, also referred to as preseptal cellulitis, is a condition that occurs when an infection spreads to nearby areas of the eye. In this condition, the skin around your eye turns red and swollen.