Eye Stye

Description

Sties are similar to pimples in that they are caused by bacteria-but instead of erupting around a hair follicle on the face or body, a sty erupts from a eyelash follicle. Also, like pimples, sties usually enlarge gradually as they fill with pus. Eventually, sties either burst or slowly diminish in size. If a sty grows large, it can press on the eye, causing vision to blur temporarily.

Signs and Symptoms

  • One or more painful, reddish lumps on the edge of the eyelid near the lashes
  • Slightly blurred vision in the affected eye (in some cases)

Conventional Medical Treatment

Sties generally are harmless and can be treated with homecare. The first piece of advice is to refrain from squeezing the sty in attempt to remove pus. This can spread bacteria and cause additional sties. Instead, apply a warm compress to the sore for about 10 to 15 minutes, 4 or 5 times daily. If and when the sty bursts, gently wash the area to remove pus.

Visit your physician or ophthalmologist if the sty has lasted longer than six days or is severely infected. The doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic cream and/or lance the sty and drain the pus.

Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Traditional Chinese Medicine

AcupunctureA sty is considered a heat imbalance in Chinese medicine, so an acupuncturist may focus on Spleen 10 and Large Intestine 11; Stomach 44; or Urinary Bladder 65 in order to remedy the infection.

Chinese Herbal Therapy See an herb-trained specialist for this treatment.

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