The eyelashes, just like any other hair, grow from the follicles – skin dimples. These dimples can be easily infected due to staphylococcus. A painful swelling in the form of a blain develops on the edge of the eyelid, around the root of the eyelash. White pus, called a stye, (hordeolum) appears on the swelling and in several days the stye snaps, the eyelash falls and the pain goes away. The stye lasts around seven days and after that the eyelid starts to heal. However, styes often reappear in a short period which can lead to the appearance of multiple styes at once. Probably, in both cases, the styes appeared because the bacteria that had caused the first stye spread and infected the other follicles of the eyelashes.
This is a story of a personal experience with curing styes with the help of home remedies. I visited my friend who went to the doctor because of the stye on her eyelid. She was prescribed an ointment and recommended to apply something warm on the eye, three times a day. After two days there was no change. Then I remembered my experience with this “minor issue” which can easily complicate and even lead to surgery. Namely, I had a stye for a couple of months. I was also prescribed an ointment and recommended to apply a boiled egg three times a day. Nevertheless, I started using the Tobradex drops since there was no result from all that therapy. So, I used them more than 21 days which was not recommended because they can cause cataract.
On one of the doctor appointments, I joked, now in front of another doctor- a friend of mine, that I will eventually start to cluck from all those over boiled eggs and I feel sorry to throw them away. The doctor continued to laugh even more than I did- no one had told me that the same egg can be re-used only with boiling. And, that it is recommendable to apply it even warmer, more often and hold it for a longer period. However, it was too late for my stye. I had to undergo a surgery, but before the surgery, the doctor said to the nurse: ‘’we will have to do THAT’’, which meant that beside the usual drops for anesthesia, they will inject my eye and I did not know where exactly, but I know that it was very much painful. Also, the pulling of the “cemented” content from the eyelid did not hurt, but I felt it anyway. I returned home with a covered eye and half of my head…
After a certain amount of time the stye reappeared since it was not fully removed, presumably. Then, I knew better- for a couple of days I applied the warm egg on the eye non-stop. First, while it was still hot, I rolled it into a cloth or a napkin, and as the egg was becoming warmer, I held only the egg on the eye. All of the remaining content leaked without a problem.
Of course, as it has been written about the excessive use of Tobradex, I got a cataract on that eye. They told me that it was not for operation, but they did it anyway.
I will point out again, that if you encounter problems with a stye, conjunctivitis, and any kind of rash in or on the eye, a tingling sensation or something similar- it will not cost you a thing to boil an egg and apply it on the eye until all of the symptoms disappear or until a yellowish-white grain that has to leak, appears; Certainly, with an obligatory consultations with a doctor.