A stye in the eye is a painful bacterial infection appearing as a boil or a pimple on the edge of the eyelid. It is a common eye problem faced by many of us at some point in life. In medical parlance, physicians also refer a stye as hordeolum. A stye occurs when the oil gland located in the inner side of the eyelid becomes blocked and infected. It may also develop when the bacteria seeps into the hair follicle of eyelashes.
Although not a serious disease, nor impairment in our normal vision, a stye is always painful and tender.
There are several time tested home remedies that are found to be effective in treating a stye, but before that let us know why a stye develops in the first place.
What Causes Sty In The Eye?
Usually a stye is unilateral, meaning it develops in one eye at a time, however it is not the rule and sometimes both the eye can be affected with stye at the same time. It may appear at any age and there is no gender discrimination.
- Mostly it develops when the oil gland situated in the eyelid called mebomian glands gets clogged due to accumulated debris, dust, extra secretion of oil or bacteria.
- Staphylococcus bacteria are a common organism which is responsible for development of a stye.
- It may also arise from an infected hair follicle of an eyelash.
- The risk of stye increases, with the use of contaminated eyeliner, mascara or any other eye product. The eye irritation caused due to these products may facilitate easy entry of the bacteria.
- Bacteria may also enter through the hair follicles of the eyelash when you rub your eye with contaminated hands. So always keep your hands clean.
- People suffering from chronic inflammation of eyelid (blepheritis) or diabetes, or high lipid levels in blood are susceptible for an eye stye.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Stye On Eyelid
A stye usually matures drains and resolves on its own, few days after its development. Rarely there is a need for intake of oral antibiotic. Here are some instructions that should be followed when there is a stye.
- Place a warm wet cloth on the affected area of the eye for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this procedure for 3 to 4 times in a day.
- You can also use a cotton pad instead of warm wet cloth. Dip the cotton pad in warm water. Place the pad on the painful stye. It will provide relief in pain as well as hasten the suppuration and drainage of pus.
- Apply prescribed antibiotic drops or ointment by your doctor.
Some of the home remedies and herbs are effective in treating a stye.
- Dandelion is known increase the body’s capacity to fight bacteria. Sipping a glassful of dandelion tea increases the power to fight against the bacteria.
- Prepare an eye wash by boiling 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds in a glass of water. Now wash your eye with this water. Follow this procedure at least 3 times in a say.
- Place one or two leaves of guava tree on warm damp cloth and use it as a compress on the stye.
- Dissolve a small granule of alum in a cup of water. Use it as eyewash two to three times in a day.
- Grate a potato and use as a poultice. It reduces pain, tenderness as well as makes it easy to drain the pus.