Sties

Sties are acute pus-filled infections of one or more of the eye glands. They are usually caused by Staphylococci, and are normally located near the eyelashes. Initial symptoms include pain and redness, followed by a small, swollen, roundish area on the margin of the eyelid. A small yellowish spot in the center indicates pus. When the abscess breaks open and the pus is discharged, the pain is relieved. Swelling can occur around the whole area.

What To Consider

Do not attempt to squeeze the lump with your fingers, as this may spread the infection into the bloodstream and can become extremely serious.

Self-Care Tips

Diet
Eat an organic, whole foods diet that is high in garlic. Avoid all refined sugars, alcohol, and milk and dairy products, as well as any foods to which you may be allergic or sensitive.

Nutritional Supplementation
Take vitamin A in therapeutic doses for the first two days, and then reduce to 50,000 IU the next two days, and then a preventive dose for the next week. Also include beta carotene and vitamin C as part of your daily nutritional supplement program.

Herbs
Use an eye wash made with a fresh and well-filtered infusion of eyebright and goldenseal. Also drink red raspberry tea.

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

Hydrotherapy
Apply hot compresses over the affected area for ten minutes, two to four times daily.

Topical Treatment
Bathe your eye in a solution of chamomile or red raspberry tea.

Caution

If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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