The short answer: No. This is because there’s no sure-fire way preventive way against sties. But this doesn’t mean that you cannot reduce your risks for getting them either.
Of course, sties are relatively harmless for your eye health in comparison with diabetes, trauma, and burns, among others. But you don’t want a sty on your eye either! Here are a few more things to know about them from their causes and symptoms to their relief.
Why Does a Sty Appear?
Even when these are invisible to the naked eye, your eyelids actually have sweat pores and oil glands. But these can become plugged up such that the oil and sweat inside the eyelids are stuck.
When that happens, viruses and bacteria can invade the area. A sty, which is characterized by a small yet painful pimple-like inflammation on the eyelid, then appears.
What’s Its Duration?
Most cases of sty become better on their own for a week. Unfortunately, a stubborn sty can stay for months! This shouldn’t be cause for concern unless your eye doctor has concerns about an underlying medical condition. You may also likely be adversely affected by its impact on your life.
The good news: Sties are easily treatable. But you shouldn’t self-diagnose and self-medicate. You must consult with your eye doctor at Walmart to get a definitive diagnosis and treatment.
What Can Be Done to Treat It?
While you can’t completely prevent a sty, you can speed up its healing process when it appears. A few tips:
- Apply a hot compress over your eyes. Just soak a clean washcloth in hot water, wring it of excess water, and place it over your eye affected for 10 minutes. Do this four to five times a day.
This can open up the blocked sweat and oil glands. Your natural tears will help in washing away the irritants in your affected eye, as well as moisturize your eye.
- Ask your doctor about oral and/or topical antibiotics when the sty doesn’t clear up within a week. The bacterial or viral infection can clear up within a week or so. In a few cases, surgery may be necessary in removing the blockage.
You can also reduce your risks of getting a sty. It starts with cleanliness including regular washing of your hands and face, as well as the avoiding contact between your eyes and dirty hands or fingers. Your eyes should be relatively sty-free for many months to come.