Our eyes provide us with a world of information every day. But some days, they can also provide us with uncomfortable symptoms. Whether it’s itching, burning or redness, we all experience eye symptoms at some point. One common eye infliction is the stye.
A stye is a small, painful swelling on the edge of the eyelid. It is caused by staphylococcal bacterial infection in one of the oil-producing glands of the lid. If you have had one, you know how uncomfortable they can be, plus they don’t look so great either. As with any infection, we are more susceptible when run down and a stye may easily occur after exposure to cold winds or eyestrain. Generally styes do not last long, 3 or 4 days, and are usually harmless.
If you experience recurring styes, you should build the immune system by eating a healthy diet, exercising and making sure you get enough sleep. Pathway Immune Support Formula can add extra support for your overall immune system. Also, keep your eyelids clean and wash your hands before touching them. If your stye remains after a few weeks, the swelling interferes with vision, or if pain occurs inside the eye, please see your healthcare practitioner.
To help reduce the pain and size of a stye, try a warm compress – a warm towel placed over the eye for 15 to 20 minutes, two to four times a day. Continue until the stye drains, relieving the pressure and discomfort. Never squeeze or poke a stye, as this can cause more irritation, swelling and misery.
Homeopathic treatments can also work well. The following three remedies should be taken at a dose of three pellets every 2 to 3 hours until symptoms improve.
Aconite: Soothes styes that threaten after exposure to cold wind or eyestrain.
Pulsatilla: Prevents formation of pus if given at the first sign of swelling and inflammation.
Hepar sulph: Facilitates draining when pus forms.
While you have a stye, avoid wearing eye makeup so you don’t contaminate your makeup applicator with bacteria from the affected eye.
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