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Skin Disorders

Skin disorders cover a wide range of conditions, some benign, some very serious, and some even a sign of another underlying illness. A skin disorder not only affects your physical health, but also your emotional well-being.


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Eye Stye Treatment - Remedies To Get Rid of Stye

A eye stye (also spelled "sty") develops when a gland at the edge of the eyelid becomes infected. Resembling a pimple on the eyelid, a stye can grow on the inside or outside of the lid. Styes are not harmful to vision, and they can occur at any age.

Causes of Eye Stye

The cause of a stye is often unknown, but it may develop from:

  • Obstruction of the meibomian (sebaceous) gland duct causes a stye.
  • Rubbing the eyes, which irritates the oil glands. Bacteria that are present on your hand may cause the infection.

Although styes are typically painful, tender, red and swollen, they are not harmful to vision. Styes usually burst on their own and then heal within a few days. In order to prevent spreading or further infection, it is crucial that a stye be left to rupture on its own.

Signs and symptoms of Eye Stye

  • A eye Stye occurs as a painless, hard red lump that usually points toward the conjunctival side of the eyelid. Eversion of the lid reveals a red elevated area on the conjunctival surface.
  • Blurred vision of the affected eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling of the eyelid
  • Tearing of your eye


Visual examination and palpation of the eyelid reveal a small bump or nodule. Styes usually resolve on their own without medical attention.

Eye Stye Treatment

Initial treatment consists of the application of warm compresses to open the lumen of the gland and, occasionally, instillation of sulfonamide eye drops. If such therapy fails or if the stye presses on the eyeball or causes a severe cosmetic problem, steroid injection or incision and curettage under local anesthetic may be necessary.

After such surgery, a pressure eye patch applied for 8 to 24 hours controls bleeding and swelling. After removal of the patch, treatment again consists of warm compresses applied for 10 to 15 minutes, two to four times daily, and anti-microbial eye drops or ointment to prevent secondary infection.

Home Remedies to treat eye stye

  • Apply hot compresses for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day over the course of several days. This will relieve the pain and bring the eye stye to a head, much like a pimple. The stye ruptures and drains, then heals.
  • Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds with a cupful of water like an herbal tea preparation to wash the eyes 3-4 times a day.
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric in 2 cups of water until it reduces in half. Cool and strain 4-5 times through a fine muslin. Apply as eye drops 3-4 times a day.
  • Guava leaves, warmed and placed on a warm damp cloth, and then used as a compress, reduce the redness, pain and swelling.
  • Vitamin A is known to be beneficial in the cure and treatment of stye. It is the chief immunity nutrient that shields your eyes from a stye.

Eye Stye preventive tips

  • Instruct the patient how to properly apply warm compresses: Tell him to take special care to avoid burning the skin, to always use a clean cloth, and to discard used compresses.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses overnight.
  • Wear protective eye goggles when swimming.
  • Do not touch your eyes when you are gardening or cooking.

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