Do you have a red, swollen, tender bump above your eyelash line? If so, you may have an infected eyelash follicle, also known as a sty. This type of infection occurs when bacteria from the skin clogs a follicle gland. According to MedicineNet.com, 90 to 95 percent of the time, the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is behind this type of infection.
Although a sty may look and feel awful, the majority of sties are harmless and can easily be treated at home with a warm compress.
Things You'll Need
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Hold a clean washcloth underneath running warm water. When the cloth is soaked thoroughly, remove it and wring the water out.
Close the affected eye and place the washcloth over top of it.
Hold the washcloth over the eye for 10 minutes. If the washcloth starts to feel cool, re-wet it with warm water.
Repeat this process four to six times a day, until the sty is healed. You should see improvement within a day or two.