Eye infection (Stye) Treated Naturally

Eye infection (Stye) Treated Naturally

An external stye (hordeolum), is an infection of the sebaceous glands of Zeis at the base of the eyelashes, or an infection of the apocrine sweat glands of Moll. External styes form on the outside of the lids and can be seen as small red bumps. Internal styes are infections of the meibomian sebaceous glands lining the inside of the eyelids. They also cause a red bump underneath the lid with only generalized redness and swelling visible on the outside. Styes are similar to chalazia, but they tend to be smaller and more painful, and they usually don’t cause any lasting damage. They contain water and pus, and the bacteria will spread if the stye is forcefully ruptured. Styes are characterized by an acute onset and usually short in duration (7–10 days without treatment) compared to chalazia, which are chronic and usually do not resolve without intervention. Styes are usually caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium.

Stye complications occur in very rare cases. However, the most frequent complication of styes is progression to a chalazion that causes cosmetic deformity, corneal irritation, and often requires surgical removal. Complications may also arise from the improper surgical lancing, and mainly consist of disruption of lash growth, lid deformity or lid fistula. Styes that are too large may interfere with one’s vision.

Eyelid cellulitis is another potential complication of eye styes, which is a generalized infection of the eyelid. Progression of a stye to a systemic infection (spreading throughout the body) is extremely rare, and only a few instances of such spread have been recorded.

Stye: causes and natural treatment

Styes are most commonly caused by the blocking of an oil gland at the base of the eyelash. Although they are particularly common in teenagers, styes are experienced by people of all ages. Styes can be triggered by poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, lack of hygiene, lack of water, and rubbing of the eyes. Sharing of washcloths or face towels should be curtailed to avoid spreading the infection between individuals. Styes can last from one to two weeks without treatment, or as little as four days if treated properly.

Stye Eyelid cellulitis problem and medical dissection

Stye is a small red firm lump (in the form of a grain), located at the base of the eyelashes or under the skin of the eyelid. It may occur as a result of infection of the sebaceous glands, or hair follicles of the eyelid.

What is the reason for barley on the eye?

The cause is infection of the sebaceous glands which “lubricate”  the eyeball. Usually they “clog” themselves and can not function properly. In 90-95% of cases the reason is bacterium “Staphylococcus aureus”. Another possible cause is a complication of diffuse inflammation of the eyelids.

Note!

Never squeeze barley, it can worsen the infection.

Signs and symptoms of stye

First signs are redness, tenderness, and pain in the affected area. Usually you feel that something “scratches” in the eye. You may have swelling in the eyelashes (eyelid), discomfort during blinking or unbearable to light. The most common sign is a tiny, yellowish-white grain that ends with purulent tip.

How stye is diagnosed?

No need any special tests, only the outer shape and symptoms are enough.

Who is susceptible to this disease?

People of all ages can be affected, but those who suffer from certain chronic diseases (diabetes , inflammation of the eye, seborrhea) are more likely to develop stye. In some stressful professions barley can be “unlocked” easier.

People who have higher levels of lipids in the blood are more prone to blockages of the oil glands of the eyelid.

Is barley in the eye safe?

In most cases it does not make problems. Within a few days to a week, symptoms disappear. Barley does not cause damage to the eye, but in many cases it can recur again, but rarely occur complications.

Folk remedies and natural cures for stye / barley in the eye

Gold ring –  rub it several times a day, this will reduce the pain and barley will disappear.

Put a hot compress -warm damp cloth over the eyes, hold it for a few minutes. Make it 4-5 times daily.

Coriander seeds -boil one tablespoon coriander seeds in a bowl of water. With this  tea rinse eyes 3-4 times daily.

Stye Eyelid cellulitis problem and Coriander seeds

Potato – grate and impose it as a compress on the affected area. This will reduce the swelling and inflammation of the eyes.

Aloe – split aloe leaf lengthwise and place it the flesh of the leaf on the affected eye.

Egg – take the white of a raw egg and put it in a white cotton cloth. Impose it on stye 3 times daily for 15 minutes.

Tea – take a bag tea (preferably hot), and put it on the eyes for 8-10 minutes.  Do it several times a day, tannic acid in tea reduces swelling.

Salt-make a solution of warm water and salt. Then leave to cool. Soak a cotton ball in it and hold  it on the eye for several minutes. Repeat this procedure several times a day (each time with a new cotton).

Tips to prevent stye

  • maintain good hand hygiene, do not touch your eyes with dirty hands
  • never squeeze barley, the infection can spread from one eye to the other, or to obtain complications
  • keep your eyelids clean, avoid greasy makeup
  • avoid excessive use of sugar and sweets
  • do not use the same towel /  soap by several members of the family
  • do not wear contact lenses when you get a stye
  • if you are prone to frequent appearance of stye, never share with another family member  your makeup
  • daily eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink 2-3 liters of water to wash infection
  • tea nettle or yarrow is a wonderful remedyfor purifying blood and preventing barley /stye

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