Many people have had a stye in their eyes at least once in their lives, and as soon as that small, annoying protuberance appears, they immediately start looking for a gold ring to use as a home remedy, but does it really work?
First, what is a sty?
These are small bumps that form on the edge of the eyelid or inside it when one of the sebaceous glands at the base of the eyelids and eyelashes becomes infected.
The most common cause of styes is the proliferation of bacteria from rubbing, scratching or applying make-up to the eyes with dirty hands, so good hygiene is key to avoiding them.
Although it is not a serious condition, it can be quite painful and is very contagious.
Does a gold ring cure a sty?
When a stye is produced, the sebaceous glands become infected, producing oil and blocking the drainage holes, but with heat, they melt. For this reason, when a hot gold ring is applied to the sty, the gland is helped to unblock and drain inside the sty.
However, the fact that it is a gold ring is irrelevant, as it is not the material that matters, but the heat. So if you apply a warm cloth or a ring of any other material, it will also work.
The treatment, then, consists of maintaining strict hygienic measures that help to keep the area clean, to prevent infections and the application of a heat source for 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day.
When should I see a doctor?
If the sty does not disappear within 48 hours by applying a heat source, an ophthalmologist should be consulted to evaluate whether ointment or antibiotics are necessary.