A stye (also sty or hordeolum) is a bacterial infection of the oil gland or sweat gland in the eyelid. It usually appears as a red irritation in the eyelash area. Often they are painful, especially if the eye is touched or rubbed. They can also cause burning or scratching on the eye itself and even blurred vision.
Styes commonly occur on the outside of the eyelid but, on occasion, the infected gland will be on the interior of the eyelid resulting in a small red bump visible on the outside. These types of bacterial infections are similar to pimples elsewhere on the skin and will usually drain and heal in 7 to 10 days without help. By using antibacterial essential oils this time can be reduced to 3 to 4 days.
A more difficult type of stye is know as a chalazion. In this instance the oil gland becomes blocked not allowing drainage. This can prolong the infection and require more time and consistency to clear up. In extreme cases a doctor can lance or prick the infected area to promote drainage.
Similar problems of the eyelids are xanthelasma: an age related, harmless, raised yellow area of the eyelid. And papillomas: skin bumps on the eyelids that are also harmless but may be cosmetically uncomfortable.
Note: Be particularly careful to not allow essential oils to get on the eye itself. It is not dangerous but very uncomfortable. If it does happen apply additional coconut or olive oil to the area. Do not try to wash out with water. With children it may be best to use an eye patch after application of the oils to avoid rubbing.
Two suggested methods to apply oils are:
• Using Lavender and Melaleuca (or other antibacterial oils) mix 2 – 3 drops each in the palm of the hand and then with the finger apply the oils carefully around the eyelid. Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day till the stye is gone.
• Using Helichrysum and Frankincense (or other antibacterial oils) mix 1 or 2 drops each on the palms of the hands. Then carefully cup the hands over the eye and include the mouth and nose. Hold this position as the moisture from the breath and the oils mix and are carried to the area of the stye. Repeat 2 to 3 times daily until the stye is gone.
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