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Barley on the eye: how to treat quickly at home


Human skin and mucous membranes cover a myriad of bacteria (permanent, facultative and transient). Most of them are completely harmless. However, there are also those who, feeding on and multiplying on dead skin cells and residues of the vital activity of the organism, can in some cases acquire aggressive properties and cause the development of the inflammatory process in the region of the eyelids.
How to treat barley on the eye? Can barley be cured quickly at home? You will find answers to these and other questions below.

What is the barley on the eye?

Barley on the eye how to treat Barley on the eye, in medical terminology called “hordeolum”, is a fairly common ophthalmologic disease, equally affecting both adults and children. It is an acute purulent inflammation of the ciliary hair follicle or the sebaceous gland of Zeiss, located in close proximity to the eyelash bulb.

When a fatty (meibomian) gland is blocked, located in the thickness of a century and producing lipid secretion, which is part of the tear fluid, a Meibomian cyst (chalazion) is formed. It is a slowly growing, benign, dense and completely painless tumor consisting of sebum, covered with granulomatous tissue. If this formation reaches a large size and begins to squeeze the cornea, an astigmatic visual impairment may develop.

When penetrating into the meibomian gland of staphylococcal infection, the development of internal barley occurs. Unlike the outer hordeolum, its contents do not go out, but inside the conjunctiva. Often this condition requires surgery.


Most often, the development of the pathological process provokes a staphylococcal, streptococcal or fungal infection, less often - demodex mite. Risk factors include:

  • hypothermia;
  • furunculosis;
  • blepharitis;
  • reduced immunity;
  • lack of vitamins (A, B. C);
  • helminthic invasions;
  • diseases of the digestive tract;
  • metabolic disease;
  • endocrine pathologies;
  • anemia;
  • violation of basic rules of personal hygiene;
  • adverse environmental factors;
  • the use of poor-quality cosmetics.

Barley on the eye: symptoms

The disease begins with the formation of a tiny, millet-sized, painful swelling. As the pathological process develops, it begins to grow, blush, itch and inflame. During this period, the patient has photophobia, a feeling of a foreign body in the eye, and tearing develops. Most often, the tumor is local, but sometimes the swelling can spread to the entire eyelid.

After 4-7 days, the barley "ripens" and at its top a softening area is formed in the form of a small rounded abscess, which opens after some time. After the release of purulent contents, the edema subsides and pain subsides.

Acute meybomit (barley of the inner eyelid) differs little from the hordeolum in its clinical manifestations, but in this case the abscess does not reach the surface, but the mucous membrane of the eyelid.

Barley in children can lead to the development of symptoms of general intoxication (headache, weakness and fever). Often there is a burning sensation in the eyes and twitching of the sick age.

In some cases, the hordeolum may disappear and then reappear. With a weakened immunity, multiple suppurations are possible, which often cause a century abscess, accompanied by fever, severe headache, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms of general intoxication of the body.


The diagnosis is made visually, during a physical examination. To determine the nature of the pathogen, a laboratory study of the contents of the pathological focus is prescribed, and a bacterial seeding of the pharynx and nose flora is taken from the patient and microscopic examination of the eyelashes for the presence of Demodex mite is carried out. According to medical indications, a stool test for helminth eggs can be prescribed.

How to treat barley on the eye

Barley is a rather insidious disease that can trigger the development of serious complications. Therefore, at the first symptoms of inflammation, it would be wiser to consult an ophthalmologist. During the formation of hordeolum it is not recommended to use decorative cosmetics, and it is also strictly prohibited to squeeze or pierce the abscess on the eyelid.

Often, in the early stages of the pathological process, barley can be stopped. To do this, experts recommend 3-5 times a day to gently "cauter" the painful tubercle with a solution of brilliant green or 70% ethyl alcohol. At the same time, at the initial stage (before the formation of a pustule), dry heat can be applied to the site of inflammation.


Apply dry heat can only be in the initial stage. When the barley is ripe to apply heat in no case be impossible!

Accelerate the maturation of hordeolum compress from a solution of salt (a teaspoon per cup of warm water). This procedure should be done at bedtime.

To relieve inflammation in the eyelid is recommended to lay antibacterial eye ointment (erythromycin or tetracycline).

A good anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect has hydrocortisone ointment and dexamethasone solution (for the eyes). However, before embarking on the use of a particular drug, you should make sure that the inflammatory process is really caused by barley, not a viral or fungal disease, and you should not forget that these are hormonal agents that have a number of contraindications and restrictions.

If the pathological process is accompanied by an increase in body temperature, a specialist may recommend oral antibacterial medications.

Self-treatment with antibiotics to determine the nature of the pathogen in this situation is unacceptable.

In the stage of maturation of the abscess, patients are prescribed physiotherapy treatment (UHF).

After spontaneous release of pus content, it is recommended to use eye drops (sulfacyl sodium) or antibacterial ointments.

With the development of internal barley, multiple ulcers, large-sized goldeolum or halazion, surgical treatment (dissection and drainage of the pathological cavity) is indicated.

Patients with recurrent forms of barley are treated for the underlying disease that caused the development of the pathological condition, and drugs that increase body resistance and vitamins are prescribed.

With uncomplicated goredolum or meibomite, the prognosis is favorable.

Possible complications

  1. Sepsis.
  2. Phlegmon eye sockets.
  3. Inflammation of the meninges (meningitis).
  4. Thrombosis (occlusion) of the cavernous sinus.

Preventive actions

  • Strict observance of personal hygiene;
  • Refusal from the use of cosmetics with expired shelf life;
  • Treatment of chronic somatic pathologies;
  • Good nutrition;
  • Hardening of the body;
  • Compliance with the rules for the selection and operation of contact lenses.

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  • | Albina | November 3, 2015

    By evening, I began to scratch my eyes and water. I'm talking, and he's all hot. It looks like barley (((There is a 24-hour pharmacy in the next house, I want to run out to buy something. Can you tell me how you treat it?

  • | Dina Ermak | November 3, 2015

    Albina, buy Floksal drops. They really help very well in such cases. I recently treated barley, so I write in the first person, as they say. Firsthand.

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