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Eye Stye: Cures and Causes of Styes on the Eyelid

  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-07-07 (Rev. 2017-05-05) - Examines the causes of an eye stye on the eyelid and includes instructions on how to get rid of a stye. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.

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Quote: "A stye can form due to Inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, like blepharitis, meibomitis, and rosacea."

What is an Eye Stye

Hordeolum is the medical term used to describe a stye on either the upper or lower eyelid.

A stye near one or both eyes is caused by an acute infection (commonly staphylococcal bacteria) or inflammation of the secretory glands of the eyelids. Often, the lump (stye) appears with a white or yellow spot that looks much like a large hard pimple.

Eye styes often appear on one or both eyelids at the same time due to cross infection. Prevent re-infection or cross-infection (transferring the problem from one eye to the other), by not rubbing your eyes and face.

Like most infections, dead white blood cells accumulate and the resulting pus causes the swelling and subsequent pain.

  • Internal Stye

    An internal stye occurs on the underside of the eyelid and causes painful swelling. The internal stye may disappear completely once the infection is gone, however it can leave a small fluid filled cyst that may have to be opened and drained by a doctor.

  • External Stye

    An external stye starts off as a small pimple next to an eyelash. It then turns into a painful swelling that can last for several days. Most external styes are short-lived.

Styes and chalazia are usually harmless and rarely affect your eyeball or your eyesight. They can occur at any age and tend to periodically recur.

What Causes an Eye Stye?

A stye can form due to Inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, like blepharitis, meibomitis, and rosacea.

Poor eyelid hygiene, improper removal of eye makeup, hormonal changes, and stress have also been known to cause Styes.

How to Get Rid of a Stye On Your Eye Lids

  • Do not squeeze the stye as it will only make it worse. Let it burst on its own.
  • Take real gold, such as a ring, and rub it on the stye to clear it up.
  • Use alum water to wash your eyes and relief the stye. To prepare, mix 2 to 3 granules of alum in a cup of water.
  • Let a teabag steep in warm water and place the teabag over the eye.
  • Try using a warm compress on the stye for 5 minutes 4 times a day.
  • Ask your chemist or pharmacist for Golden Eye Ointment or Broline eye ointment for eye stye's
  • If styes recur, your doctor may prescribe an oral antibiotic. Doctors also often advise patients to stop eating eggs and cheese when they have styes.
  • Make paste with potato, spread it on a cloth and apply it externally on inflamed eyes to reduce swelling.
  • Try taking echinacea or anti-histamines.
  • Avoid using perfumed or moisturizing soaps for the time being as these may aggravate the stye.
  • Boil 1 tsp of coriander seeds in a cup of water and use this preparation to wash the eyes 3 to 4 times a day.

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