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Treating styes with homoeopathy

A stye, also called hordeolum or chalazion, is the most common type of eyelid infection. However, the discomfort and unsightly appearance caused by this disease have no significant impact on the individual’s health.

Overview of styes

A stye is an infection caused by a bacteria called staphylococcus. A swelling that is more or less painful usually appears at the base of the eyelid. It is usually caused by the blocking of a follicle at the base of the eyelash. After a few days, this swelling ruptures and leaves a wound, giving the stye the appearance of a furuncle. The inflamed gland fills with pus which results in considerable visual impairment once it flows into the eye, thus causing the affected person to have a blurred vision. But sometimes the infection is even more severe, especially when it is located below the eyelid’s central part. In this case, it is more painful and requires a medical intervention. Nevertheless, regardless of whether the stye is external or internal, it is usually quite harmless. In most cases, affected persons tend to only develop one stye at a time and it is very rare for this condition to be recurrent.

Symptoms of styes

In general, a person with a stye has an eye that swells up and reddens in an exacerbated manner. In addition to pain, he or she feels discomfort in the eye resulting from more or less abundant tearing and a blurred vision. Sometimes, the affected person may quiver or have fever. Diabetics are most exposed to styes because of their low immune resistance, as is also the case of people that are easily affected by acne.

Homoeopathic remedies for treating styes

Homoeopathy is a gentle form of therapy since its remedies elaborated so as not to be aggressive on the human body. On the contrary, the principle consists of absorbing infinitesimally small quantities of substances that generate the same symptoms as those produced by the disease being treated. In doing so, it is the body’s natural immune system that is called on to carry out the bulk of the therapy. This method of providing the patient with an in-depth cure of the disease requiring treatment.

To prevent the formation of boils at the inflammatory stage, it is recommended to take two daily doses of Hepar sulfuris calcareum 30 CH during 2 days and two daily doses of Pyrogenium 9 CH, during two days as well. Similarly, to prevent the formation of pus, take 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every 2 hours for 2 days. To prevent a stye from reaching maturity and a furuncle from opening up in the eye to infect it, it is also necessary to take Staphysagria 9 CH and Pyrogenium 9 CH, in doses of three granules, alternating between both remedies.

The same dosage is indicated for eyelids that stick to each other during the night and in case the eye becomes sensitive to the light. Moreover, when the skin is red and hot, it is better to take 3 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every hour. When the stye causes excruciating pain at night but seems less painful when put in contact with a warm compress, take 3-granule doses of Arsenicum album 5 H every hour. If the abscess is painful and in the presence of pus tinged with blood that easily spreads to the outside of the eye, take Hepar sufluris 4 H. This way, the flow will be favoured. If no improvement is noticed after 48 hours of treatment, it is imperative to consult a doctor.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “styes”

Associated treatments

•    Belladonna
•    Graphites
•    Hepar Sulfuris Calcareum
•    Pulsatilla
•    Pyrogenium
•    Silicea
•    Staphysagria
•    Sulphur
•    Tuberculinum

Associated pathologies

•    Abscess
•    Chalazion

Good to know: Several homoeopathic remedies can be used to treat styes. However, to ensure optimal effectiveness, it is necessary to carefully observe the symptoms in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.