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.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

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  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
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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.  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:
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  • 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 or
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

We recommend you consult a licensed health practitioner in order to get the most appropriate treatment for you and your condition.  In ayurvedic medicine, the first requirement in the treatment of styes is to look at the digestion of the patient. Constipation and other digestive disorders must be removed first. One of the remedies for styes is clove. A Clove rubbed in water should be applied over the stye. Or, one ratti of Red Lead (Sindur) moistened with a few drops of water may be used for local application. Another remedy is to rub the stone of a date with water and use it as a paste over the stye.

Other ayurvedic herbs used to treat styes include: Triphala-Guggulu, Sukshma-Triphala, Arogya-Vardhini, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Mahamanjishthadi-Qadha and Gandhak-Rasayan. Medicines containing Haridra (Curcuma longa), Triphala (Three fruits), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Chandan (Santalum album), Kapur (Purified camphor), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) and rose water are used in the form of local application and eye drops. These will all help to bring the stye to a head and help the pus drain away.

Medicines used to treat a chalzion are:  Triphala-Guggulu, Arogya-Vardhini, Medohar-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Chandraprabha-Vati, Kachnaar-Guggulu, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Behada (Terminalia bellerica), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Lashuna (Allium sativum), Khadeer (Acacia catechu), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Nishottar (Operculina turpethum), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) and Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa). They can be used in the form of eye drops.

To prevent styes and chalazions from recurring the following are recommended:  Arogya-Vardhini, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu and Mahamanjishthadi-Qadha on a long term basis. Medicines like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra) and Suvarna-Malini-Vasant can be used to improve the immune status of the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM concentrates on eliminating wind damp heat and the remedies used are Che Qian Zi, Cang Zhu, Chan Pi, Hon Xiang and Bai Zhu. However, we recommend you consult a licensed practitioner to make sure your treatment is tailor-made for you.

Foot massage is also bneficial: The massage is applied to eye (8), parathyroid gland (13),
lymph nodes (upper body, 39), lymph nodes (abdomen, 40), kidney (22) and liver
(18) reflecting areas (Fig. 109).
Foot acupuncture is also recommended:
1) At Neiting (ST 44), Zulinqi (GB 41), Diwuhui (GB 42), Xiaxi (GB 43), Zuqiaoyin (GB 44), Shenmai (BL 62), Jinggu (BL 64), Shugu (BL 65), Zhiyin (BL 67), Zhaohai (KI 6), Xingjian (LR 2) and Taichong (LR 3) acupoints, a reducing acupuncture technique is applied and the needles are retained for 20 minutes.
2) Foot acupoints: At Head and face (FA-P 1), Liver (FA-P 9) and Kidney (FA-P 14) acupoints, a moderate acupuncture stimulation is applied and the needles are retained for 20 minutes.


Frankincense, lavender and chamomile can all help reduce pain and swelling.

Tea Bag Remedy With Lavender Essential Oil – Soak a herbal tea bag soak in 2 cups of lukewarm water and add one drop of lavender essential oil. Drain the bag and place over the eye. If you can cover the bag and leave on the eye overnight, it will be more beneficial.

Homeopathic Medicine

Useful homeopathic remedies include Pulsatilla, Hepar sulph., Sulfur, and Graphites.


Guava Leaves – Due to their natural healing power, guava leaves work very well as a home remedy for styes. Use the leaves as a compress as it will work to eliminate the redness and the swelling, restoring the eye to a normal and healthy state. This will also work to get rid of the source of the problem and break it up much faster.

Alum Herbal Supplement – This can be used as a rinse. Not only will this help to lessen the side effects, but it will also help to naturally heal the stye quickly.

Coriander – Soak them in warm water to form a powerful liquid solution. This is can then be used as a rinse for the eyes which will reduce redness and swelling.

Thyme – its natural cleansing and healing properties make it perfect for clearing infections. Steep the leaves in hot water to make a tea and drink.


Fresh Parsley  – this has been a traditional home remedy ingredient used for decades. Toss a fist full of fresh parsley into a mixing bowl, mix in a cup of boiling water and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Using a clean washcloth, immerse in liquid.  Use as a compress, leave on eye for 15 minutes. This will bring down puffiness and swelling around the eyes.

Tea Tree Oil –  Add to a steaming bowl of water, hover face over the steam with a towel draped over the head.

Hard Boiled Egg  – The shell of a hard boiled egg (egg still inside) retains heat for a very long period of time compared to an ordinary hot cloth compress and the rounded ends of the egg fit into the eye area perfectly. Wrapping the egg in a paper towel before placing on the stye is recommended, as the egg is very hot at first.

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