Source: Specialist in Ophthalmology, Dr Yu Wang Hon

Eye sore, also known as “stye” in Chinese, refers to the blockage of the sebaceous gland on the eyelid, leading to the accumulation of oil and inflammation. Sometimes, it can be caused by bacterial infection, resulting in an eye sore. What can be done when a child has an eye sore? What can parents do to help relieve their child’s eye sore?

Children have a higher risk of developing eye sores compared to adults because their sebaceous glands are not fully developed, and the channels through which oil is secreted are narrower, making it easier for blockages to occur. However, eye sores in adults are not uncommon either.

When a child or adult has an eye sore, it is generally recommended to apply warm compresses as it helps in the faster dissipation of oil. During the first two to three days of an eye sore in a child, you can start with warm compresses and cleaning. Apply warm compresses at least two to three times a day, using any suitable tool such as a warm towel or even a warm boiled egg. Just ensure that the temperature is not too hot to avoid burning the child’s skin.

If the eye sore does not improve after three days, it is advisable to seek medical attention. The doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointment or even oral antibiotics for treatment, and warm compresses should typically be continued. If the condition does not improve after a week of medication, it may be necessary to seek medical attention again to evaluate if incision and drainage of the eye sore is needed.

To reduce the risk of developing eye sores, proper hygiene is essential. It is recommended to use a cotton ball soaked in boiled or warm water to clean the eyelid, focusing on the area where the eyelashes grow. Both the upper and lower eyelids should be cleaned. Regular warm compresses can also be performed to prevent the blockage of oil glands and reduce the chances of developing eye sores.