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How to cure stye in the eye
How to cure stye in the eye

Better to refrain from spitting and applying garlic.

What to do if barley jumped on the eye
What to do if barley jumped on the eye

What is barley

This is an inflammation that Sty / Mayo Clinic can appear on the outside and inside of the eyelid as a lump or pouch. It resembles a grain of grain and sometimes contains pus.

Sometimes, along with the seal, Stye (Hordeolum and Chalazion) / Skinsight and other symptoms occur:

  • redness of the eye
  • pain in the eyelid area,
  • blurred vision
  • tearing,
  • itching and burning
  • photophobia,
  • feeling of a speck in the eye,
  • slight drooping of the eyelid,
  • purulent discharge from the barley, which may cover the eyelashes.

Why barley can appear on the eye

In 90–95% of cases, Hordeolum and Stye in Emergency Medicine / Medscape are to blame for staphylococci. These bacteria are widespread and live on everyone's skin. Most of them behave peacefully, but they become active and cause purulent diseases when the body is weakened. For example, this happens with blepharitis, conjunctivitis or decreased immunity.

Barley forms when bacteria enter:

  • in the eyelash follicle - a bag where the hair follicle is located;
  • the sebaceous gland of this bulb;
  • the apocrine gland, which also opens into the follicle;
  • the meibomian gland, which is located on the inner side of the eyelid and secretes a secret that protects the mucous membrane from drying out.

Why is barley on the eye dangerous?

This is a fairly simple disease that usually does not give Hordeolum and Stye in Emergency Medicine / Medscape complications. Sometimes, due to blockage of the meibomian glands, a cyst, chalazion can form. Usually it does not interfere, and doctors do nothing with it, in other cases they remove it.

Due to weakened immunity, barley can come back regularly and be uncomfortable. If you try to squeeze it out or just touch it with dirty hands, you can spread the infection throughout the eyelid and increase the inflammation.

How to treat barley at home

Most often, it goes through the Sty / Mayo Clinic itself in 7-10 days.

You can speed up the process with compresses. To do this, moisten a soft, clean cloth with warm water, wring it out and apply to the eyelid. When the compress has cooled, you need to wet it again. This should be repeated for 5-10 minutes. The procedure can be done 2-3 times a day. The heat will either dissolve the seal or break.

There is no need to try to remove pus from closed barley by any means. If he doesn't want to open himself, then don't.

If the barley aches, you can take a regular pain reliever. Some doctors recommend Hordeolum Treatment & Management / Medscape antibiotic ointment. Antibacterial pills are needed only when the inflammation has arisen against the background of other infections, has spread to neighboring tissues, or if no improvement is seen after a few days.

But using folk methods is not worth it. The effect of herbal compresses has not been proven, garlic applied to barley or green herbs can cause burns. You don't need to spit in the eye either: this is how other bacteria get into the barley with saliva.

How to care for your eyes when barley appears

Mayo Clinic recommends Sty / Mayo Clinic to proceed as follows:

  • Gently rinse the eyes with a cotton pad from the outer corner to the inner corner. One eye - one disc.
  • Use a baby shampoo that does not irritate the eyes or products for sensitive skin.
  • Go for glasses if you wear contact lenses until the barley passes.
  • Do not use decorative cosmetics for the eyelids, even if you really want to cover up the barley. And change all the brushes and applicators for eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara.

When you need a doctor's help

See Stye (Hordeolum and Chalazion) / Skinsight Ophthalmologist if you have:

  • The eyelids are very swollen and do not open.
  • There is no improvement after using compresses for 10-14 days.
  • Pus or other thick discharge flows from the eye.
  • The pain intensifies despite the compresses.
  • The swelling increases during the first 2-3 days.
  • The eyelids are hot to the touch.
  • The body temperature rises.
  • Barley often returns, sometimes to the same place.
  • Eyesight deteriorates, even double vision.

What to do to keep the barley from returning

Dirty hands are easiest to infect, so wash them often, especially if you have a habit of rubbing your eyelids. This is rule number one, but doctors also advise Sty / Mayo Clinic the following:

  • Always practice good hygiene, especially when wearing lenses.
  • Remove makeup before bed.
  • Use quality cosmetics with an unexpired shelf life.
  • Treat inflammatory eye diseases in time.

This article was published on September 29, 2017. In September 2021, we updated the text.

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