My child is 5 years old and has a recurrent sty but can not yet undergo surgery. how do i treat it? what are the symptoms of diabetes in children?

(Jun 13, 2006)

A sty can be described as a painful lump that appears on the edge of the eyelid. It is usually filled with pus and resembles a pimple or a boil. In most cases, sties are formed on the outer part of the eyelid, but at times, they can appear on the inner part of the eyelid too. This lump in the eye is rarely serious and it often disappears on its own, within a few days. Children find it hard to bear sties, especially if accompanied by watering, itching and tenderness. Moreover, they may become a persistent problem if they keep coming back. These are known as recurrent sties.

Recurrent Sty Causes

A sty usually occurs when the eyelash follicle gets clogged with dirt, bacteria or excessive oil. Recurrent sties can be an indication of:

  • A Buildup of Bacteria: When bacteria enter an oil gland on the eyelash, they lead to the development of sties. Touching the sty or popping it can cause the bacteria to spread to other parts of the eyelid. Recurrent sties often occur due to bacteria not having been contained and controlled.
  • Inadequate Hygiene: Poor hygienic practices such as touching the eyes with dirty hands, wearing makeup overnight or using expired products often leads to the presence of staphylococcus, which is the main cause of sties.
  • Blepharitis: This chronic eye inflammation has an adverse effect on the oil glands in your eyelids and leads to swelling, watering, itching, irritation and redness. Blepharitis sties can be malignant or benign.

Since some of the causes of recurrent stys are quite serious, it is best to have a doctor check your child as soon as possible.

Treatment for a Recurrent Sty

There is no specific treatment path to be followed for stys, as they go away on their own within a few days. However, you can control the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany the lump, with the help of the simple home remedies given below:

  • Boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of coriander seeds to it. Once the water is boiled, strain it and let it cool, before washing the affected eye with it.
  • Dip a fresh teabag in some clean water for a minute or so. Place the wet teabag over the affected eyelid for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Take a clean, warm washcloth and place it over the eye for a few minutes, to alleviate the discomfort and reduce the inflammation.
  • Slit an Aloe Vera leaf lengthwise and place the pulpy side on the affected eye. This helps reduce the redness, swelling and itchiness.
These home remedies are safe when carried out correctly however it won’t hurt to take the advice of a physician.

References

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sty/DS00257
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blepharitis/DS00633

answered by G R on Mar 15, 2013, 6:29:42

Repeated eye infection is causing the sty to recur. These are the symptoms of juvenile diabetes or type 1 diabetes which your child has :

  • Polyuria - frequent urination
  • Polyphagia - excess hunger
  • Polydypsia - frequent thirst
  • Pruritis - frequent itching over the body
  • Hyperglycemia - high blood sugar levels
  • Electrolyte disturbance
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Ketoacidosis

answered by P P on Jul 27, 2006, 4:58:02


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