A stye is an infection of one of the tiny oil-producing glands inside the eyelid. A stye, usually, results due to staphylococci aureus bacteria that gets into the oil glands inside the eyelids. These bacteria normally exist on the skin of the eye and are usually harmless. When these bacteria get entrapped in the dead skin on the edge of the eyelid, they can result in mild irritation or, sometimes, turn into a swollen, red, and painful bump on the eyelids.
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Styes are further classified into:
1.Internal Stye: When the bacterial infection affects the meibomian glands inside the eyelid, it is called an internal stye. They are severe and less frequent in affecting the people.
2.External Stye: When the bacterial infection affects the glands of Zeis or glands of moll inside the eyelid, it is called an external stye. They are frequent and happens to heal quickly.
Causes of Stye:
A stye usually results due to the bacteria called staphylococci aureus. These bacteria can over-reproduce and cause infection of the internal sebaceous glands within the eyelids. The pores of sebaceous glands may get blocked in such conditions or they may happen to develop an infection all by themselves, thereby developing a stye. Some of the other trigger factors include touching your eyes without proper hand sanitation, not cleaning your contact lenses, suffering from other skin-related issues, such as seborrheic dermatitis, etc. If you are having a history of blepharitis (a condition characterized by oily flakes and bacteria at the eyelash’s base), it can also result in a stye.
Symptoms of Stye:
The initial indications of a stye are tenderness of the eyelid and a slight change of color to red. The other symptoms which may follow are:
(i) Circumscribed lump or bump on either upper or lower eyelid
(ii) Localized swelling of the eyelid with or without pain
(iii) Eyelids appear to be droopy
(iv) Sensitivity to the light
(v) Feeling of something being stuck inside the eye
(vi) Mucous or watery discharge from the lump or bump
5 Homeopathic Remedies for Stye:
The patients suffering from stye can approach an experienced homeopathic doctor for treatment of stye infection. A systematic dosage of homeopathic medicines can obtain early relief and prevent the recurrence of such infections in the future. A few of the homeopathic medicines recommended based on patient symptoms and disease history are suggested below:
(i) Belladona: A tender red stye with throbbing pain indicate this remedy. It helps obtain relief when the patient experiences a high sensitivity towards the light.
(ii) Hepar Sulph: Usually, this medicine is recommended when the styes turn red and swollen. In kids, when the eyelids may get stuck together with purulent discharge, this remedy is indicated. The condition may improve with the application of a warm compress.
(iii) Pulsatilla: When the stye is formed always or predominantly on the upper eyelid and the eyelids appear to be inflamed, stick together, and may accompany with yellow discharge, this remedy may help. Pulsatilla is found to give excellent results for such symptoms by reducing the inflammation and draining out of the discharge.
(iv) Silicea: Normally, this homeopathic remedy is recommended when severe pus formation or discharge is noticed from the lump. Silicea helps in the absorption and draining out of the pus from the lump. Silicea is also best recommended when patients have a history of repetitive stye formation.
(v) Euphrasia: Euphrasia is normally recommended for symptoms such as excessive watering and burning sensation in the eyes after the stye formation. When one experiences a sensation of sand-like particle entrapped inside the eye, this medicine is indicated. It also helps relieve the eyelids that may get stuck together due to stye.
Stye formation in the eyelids is not a common recurring disease. The disease can be found only when there is an excess accumulation of staphylococci aureus bacteria in your eyelids. A systematic medication during the disease stage can reduce the overproduction of these bacteria in the eyelids. However, along with the medication, one should also practice good hygiene practices such as frequent hand wash, washing your face after being exposed to a dusty environment, avoid touching your eyes frequently with your hands, etc. These hygiene practices can go a long way in avoiding the recurrence of these infections in the future.