Stye

About the Disorder

Stye is an acute inflammation of the sebaceous glands located on the eyelids and/or on the lid margins. Styes can form externally on the eyelid when they involve the Gland of Zeis (a sebaceous gland located on the lid margin), or internally when affecting the Meibomian Gland (located on the upper lid, it is an excretory gland with the function of secreting the lipidic part of the tear film; its function is to protect the cornea and control the evaporation of the aqueous layer of tears).

Styes generally cause pain, reddening and the appearance of a hard, small, roundish area. The following signs can also be present: lacrimation, photophobia, the feeling of having a foreign body in the eye. A small yellow spot, indicating suppuration, appears at the centre of the stye (ripening).

 Internal stye is a rarer phenomenon. In such case, pain, reddening and oedema are more localized. The tendency to reach chronic levels is fairly common, with the formation of an abscess that often grows in the inner part of the eyelid. It is related to a bacterial infection caused by staphylococci and can generally be associated with blepharitis.

Treatment of styes with conventional medicine

Since styes have an inflammatory origin, often followed by bacterial infection, conventional medicine provides for the administration of cortisone and antibiotics, particularly for local use (eye drops and ophthalmic ointments) in order to reduce inflammation and thereby solve the infectious condition. However, as is well known, the use/abuse of this type of medicines is not at all recommended, unless strictly necessary.

In this case, antibiotics turn out to be more harmful than curative for the organism, also because of the well-known side-effects involved: in fact,  they can lead to sensitization and moreover cause the insurgence of several forms of bacterial resistance; cortisone-based medicines, on the other hand, weaken the eye’s defensive system, already strongly undermined by blepharitis itself: the ensuing risk is of incurring in further infections, particularly of viral origin. Over-the-counter decongestant eyedrops  turns out to be too mild and therefore ineffective in actually solving the affection.

 This is why it’s important to have valid alternatives available to treat styes, which are at the same time effective and free from side-effects.

Nature can help you in solve the problem of styes

Our Approach

A natural and effective approach

Stye is an acute inflammation of the sebaceous glands located on the eyelids and/or on the lid margins.  Nature in this case can be of great help, combining the traditional use of plant extracts featuring anti-inflammatory and decongenstant properties on the eyes, with the extraordinary broad spectrum, antimicrobial properties of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), thereby ensuring complete action to counter the disorder.

GSE and stye: efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract as a broad spectrum antimicrobial has been proven by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide.  Numerous testimonies confirm its validity and in terms of both efficacy and speed of action it remains unrivalled in nature.  Moroever, given the fact that it is totally harmless and highly selective against pathogens, it does not bear a significant impact on the intestine’s benefical flora (a typical phenomenon occurring with use of conventional antibiotics), thereby preserving its defensive functionality.

Hence, GSE proves to be of great usefulness in case of stye, particularly whenever there is an ongoing inflammatory process associated with microbial presence, signalled by the “yellow spot” typical of styes. Due to the above considerations, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an extraordinarly effective approach against stye. Its association with specific plant extracts with decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties, in solutions for ophthalmic use, essentialy provides for two synergic actions:

  1. It acts directly at eye level with a solution in eyedrops, which is at the same time antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and soothing, so as to counter the infectious or inflammatory process, regardless of the actual triggering factor;
  2. It acts directly and specifically at the level of the eyelids and eye contour, providing antimicrobial, decongestant, analgesic, anti-itching and markedly anti-inflammatory action.

This approach, combined with a healthy lifestyle (in terms of diet, but not only), includes the use of natural remedies that are well known in folk tradition and the efficacy of which in providing an opportunity to reach a solution has been confirmed by recent studies.

  1. For direct action at eye level with a solution in eyedrops, which is at the same time antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and soothing, so as to counter the infectious or inflammatory process, regardless of the triggering factor…

Nature can help you with…

Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighed, results obtained regarding the efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) against over 800 bacterial strains, including staphylococci normally involved in the infectious process of styes, confirm GSE to be the ideal remedy for this typical eye affection. Its synergy with specific plant extracts featuring decongestant and soothing properties makes this formulation effective and safe to use.

Euphrasia (distilled water): belonging to the family of Scrophulariaceae, the most significant constituents of its phytocomplex are iridoid glucosides (aucubin in particular), conferring marked ophthalmic astringent properties. Such action, together with its anti-inflammatory properties, make it ideal for ophthalmic affections of various kinds (eye burning, tearing, photophobia), etc.).

Chamomile (distilled water): it belongs to the family of Asteraceae. Its flowers,  rich in active constituents such as chamazulene, α-bisabolol, apigenin and luteolin,  have decongestant, soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory properties (numerous studies have highlighted that such activity is linked to its ability to inhibit the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes).

Calendula (distilled water): belonging to the family of Asteraceae, it is rich in triterpene derivatives, mainly responsible for its marked anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Other constituents are carotenoids, numerous resins, flavonoids, polysaccharides and mucilages, markedly bioadhesive on the skin and mucosae and contributing for this reason to the plant’s health properties. The most significant actions carried out are: anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, immunomodulating, antimicrobial, cicatrizing, analgesic, lenitive and decongestant.

Hydroxyethyl cellulose: this is a polymer with mucous-like characteristics, capable of stabilising tear film on the eye surface, creating a protective, transparent and viscoelastic shield, as well as limiting the loss of water from the tear film.

The ideal means for application on the eye of such ingredients is a solution in eye drops.

  1. For direct and specific action at the level of the eyelids and eye contour, providing antimicrobial, decongestant, analgesic, anti-itching and markedly anti-inflammatory action…

Nature can help you with…

Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighed, results obtained regarding the efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) against over 800 bacterial strains, including staphylococci normally involved in the infectious process of styes, confirm GSE to be the ideal remedy for this typical eye affection. Its synergy with specific plant extracts, with decongestant and soothing properties, makes this formulation effective and safe to use.

Calendula (acqua distillata): belonging to the family of Asteraceae, it is rich in triterpene derivatives, mainly responsible for its marked anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Other constituents are carotenoids, numerous resins, flavonoids, polysaccharides and mucilages, markedly bioadhesive on the skin and mucosae and contributing for this reason to the plant’s health properties. The most significant actions carried out are: anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, immunomodulating, antimicrobial, cicatrizing, analgesic, lenitive and decongestant.

Nymphaea: parts used for officinal purposes are flowers and rhizome, both rich in alkaloids (nymphein and nymphalin), gallic acid, tannic acid and mucilages. Applied on skin and mucosae, it is very useful for the treatment of irritative and inflammatory types of dermatological affections.  Health properties of Nymphaea on the skin are attributable to high concentration levels of gallic and tannic acids, capable of considerably reducing erythema, itching, oedema, while exerting a marked anti-inflammatory action in general. Nymphein and Nymphalin alkaloids, instead, convey the analgesic and sedative properties of the plant. Moreover, thanks to its mucilages, Nymphaea acts as an emollient and enables considerable increase of cutaneous hydration.

Elderberry: parts mostly employed for external use are its flowers, extremely rich in chemical constituents, among which mucilages play a key role, with their marked emollient and lenitive action, and flavonoids (kaempferol, astragalin, rutin, quercetin, isoquercetin, iperoside) due to their anti-inflammatory action. In phytotherapy, preparations are obtained with active constituents from Elderberry flower extracts, employed for ophthalmic applications in case of eye affections of different kinds.

Altea: a plant belonging to the family of Malvaceae, featuring marked anti-inflammatory, emollient, calming, lenitive, decongestant and antipruriginous properties. In phytotherapy, the part mostly used is the root, extremely rich in mucilages and responsible for the beneficial effects on mucosae and skin. For external use, it is very effective in the treatment of eye inflammation owing to its marked anti-reddening and antipruriginous effect.

All the above-mentioned ingredients, artfully blended in a specific solution for the eyelids and eye contour, can be conveyed in practical, mask-shaped eye compresses in non-woven fabric.

 In the case of stye, oral integration of specific plant ingredients is recommended, in association with the above-mentioned applications on eye and eyelids, to ensure:

  1. Systemic action so as to counter possible microbial infections and support the organism’s defensive system

Nature can help you with…

Grapefruit Seed Extract: results obtained regarding the efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) against fungi, viruses, bacteria, including species most commonly involved in the infectious process leading to stye, confirms the usefulness of GSE not only for local but also for systemic use, so as to directly counter the ongoing infection as well as to improve general efficiency of the organism’s defensive system against any kind of microbial attack.

In fact, as highlighted in a study published in the “Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine” n° 5 of 1990, GSE is effective on pathogens while it does not have a significant impact on microbial flora of the mucosae; instead, it enables reconstruction of beneficial flora, representing the first line of defense of our organism towards any external aggression, thereby ensuring protection from infections.

Echinacea: belonging to the family of Aseraceae, native to the central regions of the US, it is capable of slowing down the spread of pathogenic germs, triggering a defensive mechanism against such germs, while simultaneously activating a regenerative activity of the tissues. For this reason, Echinacea preparations are considered effective in the treatment of septic conditions and in infectious pathologies.

Rhodiola: typically found in cold climates of the northern hemisphere,  it has the ability to increase resistance of the organism to toxins; it increases the level of enzymes, of RNA and of proteins and is therefore capable of reducing recovery times resulting from fatigue or prolonged illnesses.

Uncaria: native to South America, the most commonly part employed is its bark, powerfully effective as a regulator of the immune system. Its use promotes  increased resistance of the organism against infections and improves the body’s response in case of illness.

Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia):  an Australian plant with well-known and amply recognized  antiviral properties, it is also effective against bacteria and fungi, as well as being a powerful stimulant of the immune system.

 The ideal form of intake of such plant active consituents is represented by swallowable tables. For children, the drinkable version is to be preferred, containing the same ingredients as the tablets.

The association of the above-described ingredients, essential to offer a definitive solution in the case of styes, can be further supported by:

A rebalancing action of the intestinal flora and simultaneous reinforcement of the organism’s natural defences: for adults, single use vials with measuring cap based on probiotics (B. bifidum, L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus), fructo-oligosaccharides, GSE, Uncaria and Morinda citrifolia (Noni); for children, single use vials with patented cap, based on probiotics (B. infantis, B. longum, L. Rhamnosus), fructo-oligosaccharides, GSE, Astragalus and Uncaria tomentosa.