Stye in Your Eye

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I remember, as a child, I’d get styes a lot.  How about you?  Thinking back, I remember getting them mostly in the summer when I played outdoors from sunup to sundown: Playing wherever adventure would lead me, it was safe back then. With my dirty hands I’d rub my eyes because something would irritate them.  Within a day or two up would come a stye.  One time it got really bad so much so that it caused my parents to take me to a medical doctor.  He prescribed some kind of salve along with some instructions for my folks to follow. It went away within a couple of weeks with no complications.

If you’ve ever had a stye, you know how irritating and painful it can get.  Also, you know how embarrassing it can be when folks look at you funny and ask, “What’s wrong with your eye? Why’s it so red? Is that a stye?”

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A stye (or sty), is also known as a “hordeolum.”  Have you ever heard someone ask you, “Is that a hordeolum?” Nope, me either.  A stye is basically a red bump on the eyelid.

It’s a pimple that can be outside or inside the lid and is caused by a blocked gland near an eyelash.

Chalazion

A stye is sometimes confused with another condition called a “chalazion” (shah-LAY-zee-on or kah-LAY-zee-on).  A chalazion is caused by the blockage of eyelid gland ducts cyst vs styethat excrete an oily substance that lubricates the eye. This oily material helps to prevent tear evaporation. Styes develop quickly, but a chalazion forms over a longer time – sometimes in the area of a previous stye. Unlike styes, chalazia are painless, but just as blemishing. Like styes, they resolve on their own, although it may take months.

Cause of Styes

Styes are caused by an accumulation of bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph). Although this bacterium commonly lives on human skin, you may have heard of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a less benign version which can cause serious infections.

You don’t want these bacteria to come into contact with someone else’s eye. This might cause them to develop a stye or another kind of infection. So keep your eyes and hands clean, and don’t share pillowcases, bed sheets, washcloths or towels with others.

Styes do not affect vision unless they become large, which is very rare. Normally, they tend to grow, “pop” on their own and drain, and go away after a few days. Despite all this, there’s a sense of urgency to deal with it right then and there, due to discomfort and the embarrassing cosmetic appearance.

A stye is caused by bacteria – that’s normally living on your skin with no problems – that go rogue.  But something within your immune system allowed the bacteria to go rogue that caused the infection and inflammation thus causing a stye. A weakened immune system is usually caused by a poor diet: A diet that’s loaded with sugary treats and fast foods and not enough water.

Symptoms

  • Swelling, often with a yellowish bump at the level of the skin
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Discomfort
  • Discharge and crusting

Treatment

The simplest way to deal with a stye is to apply warm moist compresses for 10 minutes two or three times a day. This helps the stye to drain faster and go away quicker. In stye treatmentbetween, clean gently with a cotton swab in warm water. Antibiotic eye solutions and ointments are also available that will help to speed recovery.

Never “pop” a stye.  You shouldn’t pop a stye like you would a pimple. Allow the stye to rupture on its own.

A stye that forms inside the eyelid (called an internal hordeolum) might not rupture and heal on its own. Because this type of stye can be more serious, your eye doctor may need to open and drain it.

If you have frequent styes, your eye doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent a recurrence. He or she also might recommend using pre-moistened eyelid cleaning pads for daily lid hygiene, to reduce the risk of styes and blepharitis (swelling or inflammation of the eyelids, usually where the eyelash hair follicles are located).  Keep in mind that the doctor is only treating a symptom with the antibiotic and not the cause which is usually a compromised immune system due to poor diet, vaccinations, stress, poor dental hygiene, mercury dental fillings, dehydration, and anything else that could assault the immune system.

hand washIf you get styes often, it’s time to evaluate your hand washing regimen.

Most people don’t wash their hands as often as they should, and this can cause infections like styes or “pink eye”, also called conjunctivitis. This is especially an issue with those who wear contacts. A good method of prevention is to perform eyelid scrubs regularly with a warm moist cotton ball and a small amount of baby shampoo.

Chiropractic upper cervical and cranial adjustments are an excellent form of treatment regardless of the patient’s age or condition that gives the power to be well.

Stye Squeezing

Most people will try to squeeze the stye like any other pimple, but this will traumatize the sensitive area and cause worse problems such as an infection of surrounding tissues. This is called “cellulitis” and can spread to the face. Once this happens, you’ll need to take oral antibiotics in the penicillin, erythromycin, or cephalosporin families.

Natural Remediessty treatment

  • Warm saline solution washes several times a day.
  • Moist warm compresses over the affected eye.
  • Coriander or tamarind seed washes. Soak seeds in warm water, strain and use the water as a wash for your eye. The seeds are said to have properties that reduce the swelling of a stye.
  • Warm guava leaf compresses have been thought to help styes. Apply for 10 minutes.
  • Apply warm tea bags to the area; the tannic acid may be helpful.
  • Similasan Stye Eye Relief

If the natural remedy doesn’t work to help the stye drain after 3 days, it may be appropriate to see your doctor. He or she will, likely, remove an eyelash to decrease the blockage or even use a needle to allow the stye to drain.

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