Although stye is a harmless condition, it can cause intense pain on the eyelid. Stye is a boil that develops underneath the eyelid or at the base of the eyelid. The boil develops when oil or debris clogs one or several oil producing glands present on the eyelid.
The bacteria, normally present on the skin, might grow and multiply in the clogged oil glands, producing the red painful lesions underneath the eyelids. Stye that occurs at the base of an eyelash might be the sign of bacterial infection in a hair follicle.
Styes can occur at any age. However, the incidence of stye seems to be greater among people between 30 and 50 years of age. Diabetics have a greater risk of developing styes. People with chronic blepharitis, a condition characterized by inflammation in the eyelids, are prone to eye styes.
Studies have shown that people with elevated levels of fats in the blood are susceptible to stye. The excess fats in the blood tend to clog the oil glands, leading to stye. Stress might make a person vulnerable to styes.
Usually styes can be treated with simple home remedies. Applying a warm compress on the affected eye, several times a day, helps to rupture the stye. You can even apply a warm tea bag on the affected area. To prevent complications, do not squeeze the stye.
Allow the stye to rupture naturally. Large and painful styes might require surgical drainage. Your ophthalmologist might prescribe antibiotic medication or ointment to treat the bacterial infection. You should avoid eye makeup until the stye is cured.
Aloe vera gel is a natural antibiotic that might rapidly heal styes. To cure styes, cut an aloe leaf and place the pulpy side of leaf on the eye stye, at least for ten minutes, four to six times a day.
Prepare an herbal tea by boiling one to two teaspoons of coriander seeds in a glass of water for about ten minutes. Wash the sore eye with herbal tea several times each day. You can prepare natural antibiotic eyewash with turmeric. Take a slice of turmeric and boil it in a cup of water for about ten minutes.
Allow the solution to cool. Wash the affected eye with the turmeric solution four to five times a day. You can reduce the pain and inflammation associated with the stye by washing the sore eyes several times a day with a decoction prepared with acacia leaves.