Hordeolum – The Common Sty

Sty is usually presented as a small pimple on the eyelids. It is a bacterial infection on the eyelash follicle commonly caused by staphylococcus. It can cause a bump filled with pus which is formed on either the outside or the inside of the eyelid. Sty may also infect the oil gland, inflaming the tissues of the eyelid. As the pimple grows for about a week or so, it eventually subsides. It may also rupture but usually heals spontaneously.

Natural Remedies for Sties

  • Do not delay solving the problem. If the sty does not heal quickly, then you may need help from professionals to drain the pus. Never squeeze the lump as this may further spread the infection. Sties can be dangerous so it important to take them seriously and do not be casual about them.
  • Always wash your hands and keep them clean. Do not rub your eyes without doing so. Also, avoid sharing towels and washcloths with others. A person infected with sty should wash theirs in an everyday basis.
  • Take adequate Vitamin A. If you are frequently experiencing sties, take more. However, be careful when taking them from food or health supplements as too much Vitamin A may pose another problem. Instead, eat green and yellow vegetables and carrot juice.
  • Go on a 5-day fruit fast, plus celery and carrot juice. Always keep your bowels clean with an enema every morning.
  • Do not eat fried, refined and processed foods. Also, avoid eating meats, salt, alcohol, unsaturated oils, tobacco, white flour and dairy products.
  • Use warm, moist cloth against the infected eye as this can hasten drainage.
  • Very warm compresses alternated with cold compress can help the pus to a head the break it open.
  • Apply concentrated thyme tea directly to the sty with a common swap. Thyme is rich in thymol which is a known antiseptic.
  • If the eye itself becomes infected, add ½ tsp salt to 8 oz of water and apply as eyewash to the eye.
  • After the sty drains, compresses should be continued until all drainage ceases.

Michael Ortiz

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