Article by Angela Haldane

Q. My son has recurrent styes, what can I do to naturally treat and prevent this?

A. A stye is an acute inflammation of a gland at the base of an eyelash. It is caused by infection of the conjunctiva by detrimental bacteria.

Staphylococcus epidermidis infection may cause styes and is accountable for approximately 40% of all styes.

Staphylococcus aureus infection may also cause styes which is accountable for approximately 30% of all styes. Due to the bacteria, styes result in the development of a pus-filled cyst in their centre.

Strict hygiene is important, do not share towels or facecloths. I would also recommend a quality product such as the herbal Cold Decongestant formula on this website which contains echinacea and eyebright. Echinacea will raise the immunity for your son and consequently reduce opportune infections.

Pulsatilla 30c homeopathic remedy works well in the treatment of styes, especially indicated when they are recurrent.

Use frequent warm compresses – for example, take a clean facecloth and wet it with hot water so that the cloth is comfortably warm to touch. Press the compress gently on the affected eye for about ten minutes. The moist warmth of the compress helps to draw the stye to a head and burst, which then relieves the pain. Silica 30c homeopathic remedy is also good for its drawing action.

An old wives remedy recommends rubbing the stye with a gold ring!

If a stye does not clear up within a week, see your doctor.