Sty | Prevention

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How can I avoid getting a sty?

Anyone can get a sty, but they are more common in people who have any of the following:

  • Poor eye hygiene, such as not removing eye makeup at night, using old or infected makeup, or not changing contact lenses frequently enough
  • High stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Dry skin
  • Blepharitis, which is an inflammation of the eyelids that leads to redness, itchiness and the feeling that something is in your eye
  •  Acne rosacea

The best way to avoid getting sties is to practice good hygiene. Make sure you keep your eyes clean and remove makeup and dirt. Throw away old eye makeup (for example, mascara should be replaced every 2 to 3 months), and do not share makeup with others. Always wash your hands before touching your eyes. If you wear contacts, wash your hands before putting them in and taking them out. Also, make sure that you disinfect your lenses correctly with a contact lens cleaning solution.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 07/09

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