A stye is a small, inflamed boil on the eyelid. It may affect the skin of the eyebrows or the eyelids, more commonly the lower lid. Usually stye is an inflamed hair follicle or an infection of a sebaceous gland in the edge of the eyelid. In Ayurveda, it is known as anjananamika. Commonly (in hindi) also known as guheri.

Stye, are of two types:

  1. External hordeolum                                      
  2. Internal hordeolum


  • Infection of the eyelid caused due to staphylococcus bacteria
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Due to ill health
  • Blockage of sebaceous glands near the eyelids
  • Constant rubbing of the eyes
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Application of the expired cosmetic products
  • Incomplete removal of makeup
  • Poor nutrition and poor health
  • People suffering from blepharitis are at higher risk of developing stye
  • Obese people are more prone to develop stye
  • Mostly seen among children.


  • Red painful swelling on the edge of the eyelid.
  • Usually lasts for a week or sometimes for two.
  • Pus filled
  • Watery secretions from the eyes
  • Sticky eyes
  • Itching in the eyes and eyelids
  • Crusting of the eyelid margins

Are they contagious?

Yes, styes are contagious. To avoid spreading a stye to others: – keep your eyes and hands clean. Don’t share your pillowcases, bedsheets, handkerchief or towels with others. Wear goggles.

Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurveda, external stye is compared with Anjananamika, whereas internal stye is compared with Utsangini and Kumbhika. It is caused due to vitiation of the rakta dhatu and pitta dosha. However other doshas are also involved in causing anjananamika.

General Advice

  • Maintain proper hygiene
  • Keep your eyes clean by splashing them with water.
  • Washing hands properly before and after touching eyes is very important.
  • Wear goggles to protect your eyes from dust, smoke etc. and it also prevent from spreading of the infection to others.
  • Use clean handkerchief or towel to clean eyes.
  • Don’t rub eyes when stye is erupted.
  • Cosmetics used for eyes should be carefully chosen to make sure that they do not cause infections or blockages of sebaceous glands.
  • Don’t share eye make- up and remove makeup before going to bed.
  • Take nutritious and healthy diet specially foods and fruits rich in Vitamin A,B,C & E.
  • Avoid using mobile phones, laptop or watching TV screens for long, to prevent eyes from strain and stress.


 We at Ancient Veda provide free medicine for Stye. Since, seven decades the medicine for stye was prepared by grandfather of Dr. Shweta Verma. Her Grandfather Late Shri Ram Ratan Verma has treated numerous patients of stye. After his grandfather passed away it is now practised by Dr. Shweta and her father. They prepare medicine and give them to the patients for free of cost. Dr. Shweta is the third generation in her family who treats the patients of stye for free. And within in a day or two Stye goes off by using medicine.

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