A stye is a bacterial infection within an oil gland on the edge of the eyelid that forms an abscess. It can appear on the upper or lower edge of the eyelid. Although styes are usually on the outside of the lid, they can also occur on the underside. Because the tissues of the eye become inflamed (red, painful swelling) from the infection, the stye takes on the appearance of a small pimple. This pimple gradually comes to a head, opens, and drains. This red, painful swelling usually lasts several days before it bursts and then heals.
An External Hordeolum (stye) starts as a pimple next to an eyelash on the edge of the eyelid. It turns into a red, painful swelling that usually lasts several days before it bursts and then heals. Most external styes are short-lived.
An Internal Hordeolum (stye) is a relatively large stye that affects the meibomian glands and is found on the underside of the lid. It also causes a red, painful swelling, but its location prevents the pus from appearing on the eyelid. It may point toward the skin or inward toward the conjunctive. The stye may disappear completely once the infection is past, or it may leave a small fluid-filled cyst or nodule that can persist and may have to be cut open.
A chalazion is also a sign of an infected eyelid gland, but unlike a stye, it is a firm, round, smooth, painless bump usually some distance from the edge of the lid.
Styes and chalazions are usually harmless and rarely affect your eye or sight. They can occur at any age and tend to recur elsewhere in the lid. While they produce no lasting damage, styes can be quite painful.
Early treatment speeds the healing process and helps to avoid further complications.
Styes are usually caused by staphylococcal aureus bacteria, which often live in your nostrils and mouth. You can transfer the bacteria to your eyelids just by touching your nose and then rubbing your eyes.
Although they are particularly common in infants, styes are experienced by people of all ages. Styes can be triggered by stress or poor nutrition. Using the same razor to shave hair near both the eyes and a mustache can also spread staphylococcus bacteria, potentially leading to styes or other eye infections.
A stye can be secondary, caused by blepharitis. A blocked oil gland near the eye, a chalazion, is often mistaken for a stye. A chalazion is caused by the blockage of the tiny gland duct that helps lubricate the eyelid. Bacteria may grow within the blocked gland; the resulting inflammation causes the hard bump.
Stye: The first signs of a stye are a red, hot, tender, uncomfortable, and pain near the edge of the eyelid. Later symptoms include itching, swelling, watering of the eye, sensitivity to light and discomfort when blinking. A yellowish bump develops in the affected area.
Chalazion: A chalazion is caused by the blockage of the tiny gland duct that helps lubricate the eyelid. Bacteria may grow within the blocked gland; the resulting inflammation causes the hard bump.
Call Your Health Care Provider If:
- Either type of swelling does not subside within a few weeks.
- The swelling interferes with your vision.
- You have pain in the eye.
- You have recurrent sties. A stye can be a symptom of other ailments such as diabetes and chronic skin problems.
While painful and unsightly, most styes will drain and heal within a few days on their own or with simple treatment. Chalazions, too, often disappear on their own, but it might take a month or more.
While most styes will drain on their own, this process can be accelerated by a typical treatment consisting of the application of a hot or warm compresses to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes four times daily for several days. This not only relieves pain and inflammation but also helps the sty ripen faster. Be sure to close your eye while you apply the compresses. When the sty comes to a head, continue applying warm compresses to relieve pressure and promote rupture. Pulling out the eyelash may accelerate the draining process. While a stye is technically a pimple and can be popped, do so is not recommended without technical expertise due to its proximity to the eye. Do not squeeze the sty; let it burst on its own. Styes may also cause a bruised feeling around the eye, which can be treated through the application of a warm cloth. If a stye bursts care must be taken to cleanse the wound to prevent reinfection.
If styes recur, your health care provider may prescribe an antibiotic ointment or solution. There is a specialized Polysporin topical ointment for styes. A stye's expansion can also be fought with an erythromycin ophthalmic ointment like neosporin, a special version of which is available for styes. Apply it to the eyelid (with your eye closed) as directed. Sometimes, if there are staphylococcal infections elsewhere in your body as well, your health care provider may prescribe an oral systemic antibiotic such as erythromycin. Medical care providers may also prescribe Amoxicillin over a period of a week. If these conservative treatments fail, surgical removal of the sty may be required.
Medical care providers will sometimes lance a particularly persistent or irritating stye with a needle in order to accelerate its draining. Minor surgery may also be needed to eliminate the cyst that could result from an internal sty. After using a local anesthetic, your ophthalmologist opens the cyst and removes the contents. The eyelid usually heals quickly.
Although a chalazion will often disappear on its own, applying warm compresses and perhaps an ointment with anti-inflammatory medications will speed the process. The chalazion can also be removed through simple surgery under a local anesthetic. Your health care provider then covers the eye for 8 to 24 hours with a pressure patch to control bleeding and swelling.
Contact lenses should never be warn during treatment for a stye. Eye make-up is not recommended, and it is also important to refrain from touching the stye.
FOLK REMEDIES FOR STYES
Alternative remedies There are various folk remedies for styes, including rubbing a gold ring or the hair of a cat's tail on the affected area. Other folk remedies suggest applying substances to the stye. Some suggested topical applications are the first urine of the day, a black teabag and lipstick. Also suggested is rubbing the index finger on the palm until warm before applying it to the affected area.
According to Ayurveda, applying saliva to the infected area immediately after waking in the morning will cure the infection.
It is important to note that these techniques have not been empirically proven, and are not recommended as treatments by medical professionals or other experts.
If styes tend to recur, you need to cleanse the outside of your eyelids daily. Put a few drops of very mild baby shampoo into a teacup of warm water and stir. Using a cotton swab, gently brush the mixture over your eyelid once a day, keeping your lids closed. It is very important that you avoid contact of the eyelid with cosmetics, dirty towels, or contaminated hands. Wash your hands frequently, especially if you feel a need to rub your eyes for any reason.
Frequent application of warm compresses at the first sign of an infection will prevent further blockage of the lid glands. To keep the infection from spreading to other members of your household, be sure to use a clean, disposable cloth for compresses and do not share washcloths or towels.
To prevent styes, do not rub the eyes, which can irritate the eyes and spread infection. Protect the eyes with protective eyewear when outside or working in a polluted area. Replace eye makeup, especially mascara, every six months.
Antibacterial ophthalmic ointment is also helpful for prevention of infection spreading to other parts of the eye is a consideration.
HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS & NUTRITION
Among the many components of the eye are a number of glands, located both at the edge of and under the upper eyelid. These glands secrete tears and produce sweat and oils, keeping both the surface of the eye and the eyelashes well lubricated. When one of these oil glands is exposed to bacteria, the most probable strains are streptococcus and staphylococcus, an infection is bound to set in. A Stye is the familiar term for an acute bacterial infection within the oil gland. Tissue surrounding the gland becomes inflamed and turns red, taking on the appearance of a pimple. This pimple may gradually come to a head, open and drain. A yellow abscess may appear, as well. Common to all styes is the pain and tenderness of the inflamed gland. Although some people are resistant to styes, there are those who chronically suffer from them. A stye is generally a sign of a vitamin deficiency, a poor diet, lowered resistance to infection or stress. Proper hygiene, herbs, homeopathy and vitamin supplements can all help to reduce pain and speed the healing process.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As tempting as it might be to try to squeeze and drain the stye yourself, such an action could cause the infection to spread into the bloodstream. If your stye is stubborn and will not respond to any of the natural remedies that are proposed here, consult your health care provider, who will either properly drain the stye to speed healing or prescribe antibiotics so that the body is able to effectively fight the bacterial infection.
If you suffer from styes frequently, supplement your diet with vitamin A. Recurring styes are often a sign of vitamin A deficiency. Choose an emulsion form for easier assimilation. Take 100,000 IU daily of Vitamin A emulsion for 2 months. Or take 25,000 IU daily of Vitamin A capsules for 2 months. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily of the supplement.
Proper hygiene can keep styes from developing and help prevent the spread of an infection from one eye to the other. Make sure to wash your hands with soap after treating a stye, and remove eye make-up every night. In addition, repeated applications of creams, ointments and moisturizers may encourage the growth of styes. Avoid using such products on your eyes if you are prone to infections.
HEAT ACCELERATES HEALING
Apply a hot compress (see below under herbs) to the affected area to help alleviate any pain or discomfort and encourage draining, a sign that healing has begun. In addition, the heat from infrared bulbs, available at lighting and hardware stores, has been found to be beneficial in treating styes. Screw an infrared bulb into a lamp (a flexible, jointed lamp works particularly well) and direct the heat toward the stye for 10 minutes. Make sure to stay at least 6 inches from the bulb to prevent burns.
If a stye does not heal promptly, if may need to be drained. This is a procedure that must be done by a health care professional. Do not squeeze the lump or attempt to drain it at home. This can cause the infection to spread into the bloodstream, leading to systemic illness.
In severe and/or stubborn cases, treatment with antibiotics may be necessary.
COMPRESSES & WASHES
When applying compresses or washes to an infected eye, keep the temperature hot (but not scalding). Use sterile, packaged gauze compresses to ensure a germ-free application and replace each compress with a fresh one after using.
Apply a hot water compress to the affected area for 10 minutes, 4 to 6 times daily, to help relieve discomfort and bring the stye to a head so that it can drain and healing can begin.
Eyebright Compress: Mix 1 teaspoon Eyebright tincture with 3 tablespoons of just-boiled water or 2 tablespoons of dried Eyebright in 1 cup of boiling water and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Wait until the solution is cool enough to touch; then soak a gauze compress in the solution. Wring out and place directly on the stye for 15 minutes. Replace with a fresh one as the compress cools. Use up to 3-4 times daily.
Herbal Compress: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of dried Chamomile, Agrimony, Thyme or Marigold (Calendula). These herbs are known to have soothing and antiseptic effects. Steep 15 minutes and strain. Soak a sterile gauze compress in the infusion, wring out and apply to the stye for 15 minutes, replacing it as it cools. Repeat 3-4 times daily.
Raspberry Leaf Herbal Eyewash: Prepare Raspberry Leaf tea and use it as an eyewash to alleviate styes. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of dried Raspberry leaves. Steep for 10 minutes and then strain. Use as a hot eye rinse several times each day to help alleviate styes.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, making it a useful remedy for styes. Mix 3-4 drops of the oil in 1/2 cup of water. Soak a cotton pad, ball or gauze in the blend and wring out. Carefully apply to the skin of the eye, making sure not to get any of the oil in the eye itself.
Astragalus Tea: Astragalus is said to boost the immune system. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3 teaspoons of dried Astragalus. Steep for 10 minutes and then strain. Drink 1 cup, up to 3 times daily, for optimal effect.
Other herbs that can be used as a medicinal eyewash are Eyebright tea with a touch of Goldenseal added to it (I use this formula for newborn eye treatment). Eyebright treats sore, itchy eyes. Goldenseal helps soothe mucus membranes and treats infections. Echinacea can be added to the Eyebright tea as a natural antibiotic and antiviral treatment. Oregon Grape root is a natural antibiotic. Always wash the eyes from the inside outward, using a sterile gauze pad or a piece of sterile cotton (cotton ball). After one use, discard and use a fresh cotton ball. Do not reuse as this may spread any infectious material.
HERBS FOR IMMUNITY
A weakened immune system cannot effectively combat bacteria and viruses. Herbs that strengthen immunity, therefore, can benefit those who suffer from chronic styes.
Take up to 600 mg daily of Echinacea in capsules or tablets for 3 weeks. Take 1-2 capsules of Garlic 2 times daily and use plenty of fresh Garlic in cooking. Combine 10 drops each of Lavender, Eucalyptus and Thyme essential oil with 5 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil, and massage the blend into your chest once daily.
Consult your homeopath for dosages and frequency of use for the homeopathic remedy that fits your symptoms. Usual doses are 6X, 30X, 6C and 30C.
Pulsatilla: For repeated occurrences of styes and conjunctivitis.
Staphysagria: For stubborn styes or in cases not remedied by Pulsatilla.
Hepar Sulfuris: To hasten the healing of the treated stye.
HOMEOPATHY DOSAGE INSTRUCTIONS
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a health care provider, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.
Many homeopathic health care providers suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
See Homeopathic Therapy for more information about homeopathy and Homeopathic Potencies about dosing information.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS RECOMMENDATIONS (SHINGLES & HEALTHY EYES)
The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for those over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Vitamin A 25,000-50,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Promotes healthy skin and hair. Needed for all eye disorders.
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels,
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Lutein can help protect the retina from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and free radicals. Needed for all eye disorders.
Lutein Supplement, Nature's Way, 20 mg, 60 Softgels,
Lutein Esters, 20 mg, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene,
Vitamin B-12 2,000 mcg 3 times daily, on an empty stomach. Prevents damage to the nerves of the eyes, Use Lozenge or sublingual form.
Instant Energy B-12, 2000 mcg/Packet, NOW Foods, 25 Packets/Box,
Vitamin B-12, NOW Foods, 5 oz.,
Vitamin B-12 Lipospray, NOW Foods, 2 oz., Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin), 2000 mcg, 100 Sublingual Lozenges
2 Tablespoons daily. An excellent source of protein and a good source of B-vitamins.
Brewer's Yeast, Debittered, NOW Foods, 1 lb.,
Brewer's Yeast, NOW Foods, 650 mg, 200 Tabs
Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids 2,000-6,000 mg daily and up. An antiviral and immune system enhancer.
Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs,
Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps,
The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
Vitamin E 200-1,000 IU daily. If you have high blood pressure and have not taken vitamin E previously, start with 400 IU daily and slowly increase to 800 IU daily. An important antioxidant and free radical destroyer. Helps to prevent scarring and tissue damage. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Ester E Natural Vitamin E, California Natural, 400 IU, 60 Softgels,
Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E-1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels
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Information, supplements and products for styes, a common staphylococcal infection of the eyelid glands and products for eye-related problems.
Astragalus Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Astragalus root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion.
Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Beta Carotene is 100% all natural from Dunaliella Salina.
CamoClear Soothing Eye Wash, Herbal Eye Wash, CamoCare, 10 Single Use Droppers
CamoClear Soothing Herbal Eye wash gives you instant, natural and long lasting relief for dry, tired or irritated eyes, due to dust, pollen, pollution, smoke irritants, sun glare, wind, swimming, air conditioning/heating and computer work.
Chamomile Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Chamomile is used for the treatment of pain and inflammation in the intestines and stomach, as well as inhaling Chamomile vapor for asthma and other lung problems.
Clear Eye Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags
To nurture the eye and pacify the nervous system, protect retina, and improve eyesight.
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear, TCM Formula, Shanze Xiaozhi, 60 Caps
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear Chinese Formulas are made of extracts from astragalus root, pueraria root, seashore vitex, common peony root, cimicifuge, phellodendron, licorice, cnidium, Chinese angelica root (Dong Quai) and ginseng.
Digestive Enzymes, 750 mg, 100 Caps
Since cooking destroys many of the digestive enzymes in food, taking plant fiber-based digestive enzymes aids in digesting even the heaviest meal.
Dry Eye Relief Eye Drops, Homeopathic, 0.33 fl. oz.
Eye Doctor recommended Similasan Eye Drops for dry, red eyes stimulate the eye's natural ability to fight dryness and clear redness due to smog, stress, age, contact lens wear, etc.
Echinacea Root Complex, Nature's Way, 180 Caps
Echinacea Root Complex helps promote general well-being during the cold and flu season and support the immune system.
Echinacea Tincture, Nature's Way, Alcohol Free, 1 fl. oz.
Modern scientific studies now validate Echinacea's traditional usage as a topical agent to help the body repair skin wounds, and internally to enhance the immune system.
Eyebright Herb Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Eyebright herb helpful for sore, itchy eyes. May be taken internally or used externally as an eyewash or compress.
EyeFactor HA÷ for Healthy Vision with HA, Hyalogic, 120 Count
Hyaluronic acid makes up 95% of the fluid inside the eye. Acts as a shock absorber for the eye and also serves to transport nutrients into the eye.
Eye Support Formula With Bilberry, Lutein & Antioxidants, NOW Foods, 60 Caps
NOW "Health Care Provider Recommended" Eye Support Formula eye supplement offers a full range of antioxidant nutrients which may aid in maintaining some visual functions with Lutein and Bilberry.
Fisol Fish Oil Supplement, EPA DHA, Enteric Coated, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 90 Softgels
Fisol, enteric coated, fish oil supplement delivers 30% EPA and 20% DHA. The unique coating withstands stomach acid so Fisol dissolves in the small intestine and maximizes the body's absorption of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.
Garlicin HC, Healthy Circulation Formula With Odor Free Garlic Supplement, Nature's Way, 90 Enteric Coated Tabs
Garlicin HC garlic supplement supports cardiovascular health with the help of hawthorn, cayenne and vitamin E.
Goldenseal Root Tincture (Hydrastis Canadensis), 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Uses include Adrenal Glands; Eye Problems; Fainting; Gallbladder; Gallstones; Nephritis; Pancreatic Disorders; Peritonitis; Poison Ivy/Oak; Prostate Problems; Psoriasis; Pyorrhea; Quinsy,;Scarlet Fever; Spinal Meningitis (sometimes referred to simply as Meningitis); Spleen; Wounds
Grapefruit Seed Extract Liquid Concentrate, 4 fl. oz.
Grapefruit Seed Extract may be used topically as an antiseptic wound cleaner and to treat infections of the skin. Internally, the concentrate is useful as a supportive treatment for a wide variety of ailments.
Marshmallow Root Tincture, 100% organic, 2 fl. oz.
The primary use of Marshmallow root is to relieve digestive and respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and asthma.
Nature's Way Ginkgold Eyes Plus Lutein, 20 mg, Vegetarian, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Nature's Way Ginkgold eye supplement supports visual function and is the only Ginkgo extract shown to stimulate activity in all areas of the brain
Once Daily Multi-Vitamin With Iron, All Natural, Lactose Free, Nature's Way, 100 Tabs
Nature's Way Daily Multi Vitamin with Iron provides many of the essential nutrients that modern diets may lack. They are useful for protection, growth and maintenance of body systems as they age.
Passion Flower Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Passion Flower is a powerful relaxant to the nervous system important in the treatments of anxiety, tension and insomnia.
Red clover Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Red clover is used in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, and weak lungs.
Red Raspberry Tea, NOW Foods, 30 Tea Bags
NOW Foods delicious Red Raspberry Tea will engage your senses.
Selenium, 100% Natural, 200 mcg, 100 Caps
Selenium is an essential component of glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens.
Silver Biotics Liquid, Silver Supplement, 8 fl. oz.
Silver Biotics was tested by researchers and was found to kill every strain of bacteria that it was tested against and that these bacteria, many of which have become resistant to antibiotics, cause many human ailments.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene, 60 Caps
Visi Clear Eye Vitamin with Lutein and Bilberry is one of the few products that provide both lutein and whole kale and Zeaxanthin, another powerful carotenoid, to maximize antioxidant activity.
Vision Formula With Lutein & Bilberry, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Vision formula with Lutein & Bilberry Eye Supplement supports normal eye function by utilizing Lutein, a key carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables, which protects the retina by blocking harmful blue light.
Vitamin A, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Vitamin A is 100% natural from fish liver oil. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
Vitamin B-100 Complex, With Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
A complete Vitamin B complex of 8 essential vitamins. B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.
Vitamin B-12 Supplements & Products
An assortment of various B-12 products.
Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps
Nature's Way Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
Zinc Chelate, 100% Natural, Zinc Supplement, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way chelated Zinc supplement is 100% natural chelated with an advanced amino acid complex for superior absorption.
Zinc Lozenges With Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges
Nature's Way Zinc lozenge boosts cold season defense with zinc, widely recognized as an important nutritional support during the cold season, and echinacea pupurea, clinically shown to support the immune system, and Vitamin C, a vitally important vitamin for general health maintenance.
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About-Vision: Stye-Eye Problems - What Is A Stye?
WebMD: Styes & Chalazia
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Call your child's health care provider if your baby does not look directly at or respond readily to faces or large, colorful objects by age 2 to 3 months or if your child scowls, squints, or shields his or her eyes more than expected when in sunlight, or light seems to hurt your child's eyes.
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