A stye is a small abscess or painful collection of pus on the eyelid. Styes are painful and can appear as a lump either on the outside or the inside of the eyelid.
The medical term for a stye is a hordeolum.
The most common type of stye is an external one which develops on the skin atthe edge of your eyelid. The abscess points outwards away from your eye. It develops when the area around your eyelash or a gland becomes infected.
An internal stye is an abscess or boil on the inside of your eyelid. The abscess usually points inwards towards your eyeball. It develops when a meibomian gland becomes infected.
The meibomian glands are in the middle of your eyelid, just behind your eyelashes. There are between 50 and 70 glands in each eyelid. These glands help to keep your eyes moist by preventing the watery layer on the surface of your eyes (tears) from evaporating.
Some people get one or two styes during their lifetime, whereas others may develop them again and again.
The main symptoms of a stye are pain, redness and a swelling on your eyelid. Usually only one stye develops at a time; however, you can have more than one stye at the same time and you may get them on both eyelids. Your eye may water a lot or feel like there is something in it. Depending on whether you have an internal or external stye, you may also get some other symptoms.
With an external stye, you may also notice a yellow, pus-filled spot with a head on it close to the edge of your eyelid. When you touch it, it may feel warm and it’s likely to hurt.
With an internal stye, you may see a red area with a yellow spot on it on the inside of your eyelid when you turn your eyelid inside out. The skin around the swelling may look red. Internal styes usually develop more slowly and are more painful than external styes.
Most styes get better within a few weeks and cause no further problems. However, occasionally a stye can lead to complications. An internal stye can sometimes develop into a chalazion. A chalazion is a blocked meibomian gland. The initial pain from the stye gets better but you’re left with a painless swelling about the size of a pea. When your eyelid is lifted up and turned inside out you may see a smooth yellow cyst.
Occasionally, a stye can lead to an infection of your entire eyelid and the skin around your eye (cellulitis). If you develop increasing swelling and redness you should contact your licensed health practitioner.
The most common cause of a stye is staphylococcal infection. Nine out of 10 styes are caused by these bacteria.
Staphylococcal infections are caused by usually harmless bacteria that live on your skin and inside your nose. Occasionally, these bacteria can cause infection by entering through small openings in your skin or at the edge of your eyelid. If you have blepharitis you’re more likely to develop styes. Blepharitis is inflammation on the edge of your eyelid. It usually affects both eyes and causes irritation and redness.
A cause of styes may be stress.
To keep the body and immune system strong and healthy so that it can prevent and fight infections stick to the following:
Emphasize a diet of organic, whole foods, with a daily abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Include antioxidant rich foods such as red, orange and purple bell peppers, carrots, celery, dark-green leafy vegetables such as chard, kale, collard, spinach and richer coloured green leaf lettuces, parsley, tomatoes and yellow squash.
Include fruits high in anti-oxidants such as berries, especially raw or juiced Acai berries, Goji berries and dark coloured berries, purple and red grapes, plums, cherries, mangos, melons and citrus fruits.
Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
Avoid all fast food restaurants.
Avoid all canned food.
Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day until the symptoms disappear. Then reduce down to 10,000 – 20,000 international units per day.
Take Allicin C (garlic) – garlic is a natural antibiotic. Take 2 capsules three times a day.
Take Vitamin C, it promotes healing. Take 2 packets three times a day with 2 packets of glutathione.
Take Vitamin A 100,000 IU daily for up to a month (do not exceed 10,000 IU if you are pregnant). This will enhance your immune system.
Take Zinc – 50 mg daily. Zinc enhances the immune system.
Take mycelized vitamin A in therapeautic doses 100,000 IU for the first two days, and then reduce to 50,000 IU the next two days, and then a preventive dose, 5,000 IU for the next week. Also include beta carotene as part of your daily nutritional supplement program.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Old fashioned home remedies for clearing stye: www.drgranny.com/2006/11/08/eye-stye-remedies/
Ayurvedic home remedies for styes: www.homeveda.com/eyes/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-stye.html
Triphala perfect natural remedy for curing styes:www.naturalnews.com/033372_triphala_herbal_remedy.html
Thyme the perfect treatment for styes: www.naturalnews.com/027128_thyme_herb_tea.html
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