It happened to everyone at least once in life. You feel there is something in your eye and it is red and itchy and it feels like seed of rice. You may think it is inflammation in form of acne that is under the skin but it is a stye. It is a bacterial infection or inflammation of the sebaceous glands.
CAUSES OF STYE
Stye or hordeolum is swelling on the eye that is caused from the sebaceous glands that are in the eye lid. It is caused by infection or abscess on the eyelid. It is not painful but it can be irritating because it is a swelling that is filled with pus and looks like ugly acne. It can be inside of the eye and on the outside. Stye is caused by staphylococcus bacteria that are living in the area around the eyes. When your immune system is weakened it causes inflammation on the sebaceous glands on the eyelids. If there are more lumps then the infection is spreading and it is necessary to see a doctor before it gets serious.
If you have the habit of touching and rubbing your eyes you are increasing the chances of sty. People with oily skin have bigger chance to get stye infection same as people that spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, people with diabetes and women that are using make up every day and especially if they sleep with it.
SYMPTOMS OF STYE
Stye is infection on the eye that is contagious and can be easily transferred to other person if you use the same towel or mascara wand.
First thing that you will notice in stye infection is irritation and itchiness on the infected area. First there is a small swelling and a lump that is small but will start growing. The lump has white spot on the top similar to acne. The eyelid becomes swollen and your eye is almost closed. There is pus inside of the lump. It will usually pop and leak out on its own in 2-4 days.
HOW TO TREAT STYE NATURALLY
Stye is usually harmless inflammation that will heal on its own in few days. there are some natural remedies you can try so that you can speed up the process of healing since it is esthetic problem and it doesn’t look good at all.
Warm compress will help draw out the pus and the stye will leak out faster. You can put some salt in a cotton sock tie it down and warm it up. Place it on the eye and hold it until it cools down. You can also use boiled egg or potato or warm leaves of chard; just make sure you wrap them in cotton material before you apply them on the skin.
Use chamomile, marigold, coriander or tea made of black locust leaves to make compress by soaking small piece of gauze in the tea and placing it on the affected area of the eye.
Aloe Vera is a plant with amazing anti inflammatory and anti septic properties and it can help you in treating stye. All you need to do is apply some aloe Vera juice on the inflamed area of the eye.
Compress with castor oil or olive oil as well as warmed up St. John’s wort oil will also help because they also have drawing and anti inflammatory properties.
You can use calendula salve that you can prepare at home to treat stye because calendula has amazing benefits for the skin. Warm up 250 grams lard up to the boiling point and then add 75 grams of fresh chopped calendula flowers. Mix and leave on the side overnight. Strain in the morning and store in clean glass containers.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
As we said before stye is an infection that will usually heal in 2-4 days. if it is still there after that time it is recommended to see a doctor. If the pus doesn’t leak out on it may become chronic inflammation and can cause serious consequences. The therapy that your doctor will give you is usually of antiseptic and antibiotic ointments, solutions and drops. If the pus is still locked inside after medical treatment it needs to be removed surgically. The surgery is simple and includes local anesthesia and cutting the skin in order to remove the secretion in the stye.