Treatment and symptoms of barley on the eyelid


Barley is a small, painful lump on the eyelid. Barley is also called a stye .

A stye develops when the eyelash follicle or the oil gland of the eyelid becomes clogged. Excess oil, debris, or bacteria can cause clogs.

Barley can be a complication of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids). They also seem to be due to stress. Barley can be painful and unsightly. But otherwise it is usually harmless.

This article will look at the symptoms and causes of barley, how to diagnose and treat them, and possible complications.



If you have barley, you may notice a reddish bump or a whitish area on your eyelid. You may also have symptoms such as:

Your eye may be blue and sensitive to light. You may be more attentive to blinking as it is slightly different than normal.


If barley is delayed, it can lead to complications such as:

  • Internal stye : accumulation of pus in the barley that causes a yellowish spot and can be painful until it breaks and drains.
  • Chalazion – Infection of a blocked sebaceous gland that forms a hard, painful lump on the eyelid and is the result of prolonged barley.

Your ophthalmologist may recommend drilling and draining the stye or chalazion. They may also give you a steroid injection to help reduce swelling.

Don't burst!

Never try to squeeze barley like a grain, or try to drain it yourself. This can lead to an infection.


Clogged eyelids are one of the causes of barley. You may be predisposed to them if you have:

  • Chronic blepharitis . A bacterial infection of the eyelid causes redness, swelling, irritation and persistent crusting of the eyelashes.
  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction : The glands around the eyelids either do not secrete enough oil or produce poor quality oil, leading to dry eyes, tearing, burning, itching, and scabs.

Eye makeup sometimes causes stye. This is more likely if you share your makeup with someone else.

Some people get a stye during times of stress.


Styes are painful bumps on the eyelids. They can cause photosensitivity and other eye symptoms. They may contain pus or become infected. They are caused by blocked eyelash follicles or sebaceous glands, stress, chronic blepharitis, or meibomian gland dysfunction.

Watch out

Barley usually clears up on its own within a few days. If you don't, you have several treatment options .

You may be tempted to squeeze or squeeze the barley. No! This can lead to a potentially serious eye infection. Instead, let the barley drain on its own.

To prevent infection, do not wear eye makeup or contact lenses until the stye has healed.

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Warm compress

You can make a compress by moistening a clean cloth with warm water. You can also use a beaded mask that you heat in the microwave.

Press it lightly against your eyelid for 10 minutes. Try to do this at least four times a day.

The skin of the eyelid is fragile. Check how hot it is before putting it in your eye.

When to seek medical help

See your doctor if the stye lasts longer than a week despite applying warm compresses.


Gently massage the affected area with your fingertips. Always wash your hands first.

Use a light touch and be careful not to prick your eye.


Medicated eye drops or an antibiotic ointment can help clear up the infection. Ask your ophthalmologist which one is best for you.

Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions.

To avoid a stye, always remove makeup before going to bed.

Eye scrubs

Eyelid scrubs are commercially prepared sachets of medicated shampoo that look like a wet wipe. They kill bacteria on the eyelid or barley.

Some scrubs contain a natural chemical called hypochlorous acid. It is an effective antimicrobial agent that works gently on the skin.

Others include melaleuca altenifolia , derived from tea tree oil . The active ingredient, 4-terpineol, can kill Demodex facial mites . These are organisms that live in the hair follicles.

Baby shampoo can also be a good home remedy.


Treatments for barley include a warm compress, eyelid massage, eye drops, and eyelid scrubs.


Styes are painful white or reddish bumps that form on the eyelids. Symptoms include sensitivity to light, watery eyes, itching, and redness.

Barley can collect pus or become infected. They are caused by blockages in the follicles or sebaceous glands, stress, chronic inflammation of the eyelids or dysfunction of the meibomian glands.

Most barley treatments can be tried at home. However, you can ask your doctor to recommend an eye scrub.

Complications such as an internal stye or chalazion may develop.

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Barley is unsightly and you may be ashamed of its appearance. However, they are usually easy to remove and remove.

With proper treatment and simple preventive measures, you can get rid of barley and prevent it from happening again.

Frequently asked questions

  • Probably not. It often takes several days for barley to cure, even after treatment. By applying a warm washcloth to your eyelid for 10-15 minutes at a time, you can allow the clogged oil gland to open and drain. This can help the barley heal faster.

  • Barley usually lasts for about a week. It can grow three to five days before developing. Then it starts to drain and it takes a few more days for it to heal completely.

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