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Eye Stye - Causes, Symptoms And Treatment To Treat Stye

What is eye stye?

A stye is a small inflammatory tumor of the nature of a boil, which exposes itself near the free edge of the eyelids, particularly near the inner angle of the eye. The germs, usually staphylococci, grow in the oil or sweat glands of the eyelid. The inflammation surfaces at the margin of the lid as a tender, red swelling. It is attended with some fever or more or less suffering. Within a few days, the styes comes to a head and then opens to let pus drain. Pimples similar to styes also may form on the inside of the eyelid and are basically the same type of infection. Occasionally, however, these infections on the inner eyelid may spread and involve the whole lid. Styes are rarely angerous and they usually heal by themselves. Occasionally, a stye does not heal completely and leaves behind a firm, red, cystic lump in the eyelid. These cysts are not painful themselves, but in some cases they rub against the eye, and new acute styes may develop within them recurrently.

Causes of eye stye

Styes are caused by an infection in one of the small oil-secreting glands at the base of the eyelashes. Sometimes more than one stye may appear. Some styes may be related to rubbing the eye with the dirty hand. However, recurrent infection may be due to some constitutional causes.

Symptoms of eye stye

  • Tenderness and pain are usually the first symptoms of a stye.
  • Redness of eyes.
  • Swelling of entire eye lid.
  • Discharge of thick pus fron styes.
  • Itching or burning of eyes.

Home remedies - Treatment to treat eye stye

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hot compress should be applied to the affected eye three or four times a day.
  • Keep the eyelids clean and oil free.
  • Use alum water to wash your eyes. This gives relief in stye. To prepare the solution, mix 2-3 granules of alum in a cup of water.
  • Do not squeeze a stye as it could push bacteria in the blood stream.
  • Slit an aloe leaf lengthwise and place the pulpy side on the sore eye.


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