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Home Remedies for Eye Stye Treatment and Prevention- How To treat a Stye?

What is eye stye?

The medical term for a sty is hordeolum (plural, hordeola). A stye is a small boil on the eyelid.  It may look quite alarming if the eye closes up, but homeopathic treatment usually brings a response. A Stye is a common infection of the hair follicle of an eyelash, resembling a sore similar to a boil or a pimple in the gland at the edge of the eyelid which leads to blockage of the hair follicles that may become swollen, nuisance and painful to the touch.

A sty results from an infection of the oil glands of the eyelid (meibomian glands) that help to lubricate the eyeball

A sty also may arise from an infected hair follicle at the base of an eyelash. The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus that frequently is found on the skin

The term external hordeolum has been used to refer to a sty that develops at the base of an eyelash involving a hair follicle of the eyelid, whereas the term internal hordeolum refers to a sty arising due to an inflamed meibomian gland under the eyelid.

Styes may be treated by making a decoction (prepared from the roots, seeds, stems and other parts of the plants that are boiled in water) of eyebright and chamomile, to help reduce the inflammation. Marigold can be taken internally to stimulate the lymphatic system.

Eye Stye

What are causes of eye stye

This disease appears due to debilitated condition of the system. A diagnosis by a physician is not required but advisable because a chalazion can be mistaken for a stye. Chalazion is a non-bacterial lump on the eyelid caused by a blocked mucous gland under the eye. Your physician may examine your eyelid to determine the cause of the infection. This condition may also appear as result from blocking of the gland by dirt or due to error of refraction.

Symptoms of eye stye

Sometimes, the infection disappears quickly, without forming into a red swelling. But other styes worsen rapidly until the eyelid swells up. In the final stages, the stye will burst and discharge pus, causing the eyelid to stick together during the night in severe cases.

- A common sign of a sty is a small, yellowish spot at the center of the bump that represents pus rising to the surface.

-pain in the eye or eyelid, especially when blinking or to the touch

-redness of the eyelid itself

-blurred vision of the affected eye

-swelling of the eyelid

-Tearing of the eye

-Discomfort when blinking

Are there any potential complications resulting from a sty?

Complications of a sty are rare. The infection may spread to other eyelash follicles, leading to multiple styes. A chalazion (a form of scarring of the glands in the eyelid that may include the formation of cysts) is the most common complication that develops from a sty.

Other potential complications include a generalized infection (cellulitis or blepharitis) of the eyelid, and improper drainage of a sty may lead to deformity or disruption of growth of eyelashes.

Sty Diagnosis

  • Your eyes and eyelids will be examined, including the underside of the eyelid.
  • X-rays and blood work are not usually useful, unless your ophthalmologist is concerned that an infection may have spread from your eyelid to your eye socket. In this case, a CT scan of the eye socket may be required.

Stye Treatment - How to get rid of a stye?

Treatment is usually either medical or surgical. Particularly for small ones, medical treatment may be advisable.

  • Oral antibiotics are rarely helpful in most cases since this is an inflammation of the gland, not an infection. However, antibiotic/cortisone drops or ointment can be helpful to keep the bacteria count of the eyelid down and decrease the swelling of the eyelid.
  • Antibiotic ointment, for instance chloramphenicol (eg Chloromycetin) or fusidic acid (eg Fucithalmic) may well be prescribed if you’ve an external stye.
  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen may be prescribed
  • The BEST treatment for this is HOT compresses to the eyelid. Wrap a hot washcloth in Saran Wrap to keep the heat in the washcloth and place it over your eyelid as often as you possibly can. The lesion often will "come to a head" and drain out. If this doesn't happen, you should consider surgical drainage by a simple office procedure.
  • Sometimes, the chalazion is so large that medical treatment is not advised and immediate drainage is required. You should be evaluated by your eye care specialist before starting any treatment. Also, recurrent chalazia/styes can be a sign of a very rare eyelid tumor and should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.

Surgery for Stye

Surgery is the last resort in stye treatment. Styes that do not respond to any type of therapies are usually surgically removed. Stye surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist, and generally under local anesthesia. The procedure consists of making a small incision on the inner or outer surface of the eyelid, depending if the stye is pointing externally or not. After the incision is made, the pus is drained out of the gland, and very small and unnoticeable sutures are used to close the lesion. It is common for the removed stye to be sent for histopathological examination to rule out the possibility of skin cancer.

Prevention Tips of stye

  • Discarding old or contaminated eye makeup
  • Patients may cleanse the affected eyelid with tap water or with a mild, nonirritating soap or shampoo (such as baby shampoo) to help clean crusted discharge. Cleansing must be done gently and while the eyes are closed to prevent eye injuries.
  • Patients are highly advised to not squeeze or puncture the stye, as serious infection can occur as a result. The infection could spread to the surrounding tissues and areas.
  • Women are recommended to remove makeup every night before going to sleep.

Home Remedies To Treat A Eye Stye.

  • Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds with a cupful of water like an herbal tea preparation to wash the eyes 3-4 times a day.
  • Boil a handful of acacia leaves in two cups of water. Make a decoction and use as a compress on the eyelids. It reduces swelling and pain. Helps to get rid of a stye.
  • Place a handful of fresh parsley in a soup bowl. Pour a cup of boiling water over the parsley and let it steep for 10 minutes. Soak a clean washcloth in the hot parsley water, lie down, put the cloth on your closed lids and relax for 15 minutes. Repeat the procedure before bedtime. Parsley water is also good for eliminating puffiness around the eyes.
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric in 2 cups of water until it reduces in half. Cool and strain 4-5 times through a fine muslin. Apply as eye drops 3-4 times a day.
  • Guava leaves, warmed and placed on a warm damp cloth, and then used as a compress, reduce the redness, pain and swelling.
  • Drink dandelion tea to rid the body of bacteria that can lead to sties.
  • Slit an aloe leaf lengthwise and place the pulpy side on the sore eye.
  • Make paste with potato, spread it on a cloth and apply it externally on inflamed eyes to reduce swelling.
  • You can also use teabags for treating a stye as tea contains tannic acid that helps reduce the size of the stye. Ensure that the teabag is warm and moist before use.
  • The patient should avoid an excessive intake of starchy and sugary foods,meat and other protein and fatty foods, strong tea and coffee, too much salt, condiments and sauces.

Eye Stye in kids, toddler

Some children seem more prone to these infections than others.

  • Try to keep your toddler from touching or rubbing his eye, and wash his hands often so that if he does touch it his hands will be relatively clean.
  • Having your child wash his/her hands frequently
  • As stye can spread from an infected child to other members of the family, it is essential that the child-patient is given a separate face flannel and towel at least while his stye is at the discharging stage, and he should be discouraged from scratching.
  • Having your child wash his/her face daily, including the eye
  • You don't need to keep your toddler home from daycare because of his sty. Just try to give him his treatments before and after daycare hours.

Ayurvedic Treatment for stye

Medicines with Haridra (Curcuma longa), Triphala (Three fruits), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), and Kapur, purified camphor and Rose water are also used as eye drops.

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