Since a barley grain is an infectious inflammation, it is necessary to proceed with utmost cleanliness.
The barley grain:
However, it is still best to keep your hands off it. If the barley grain ripens in peace and then can start on its own (usually 4-6 days), it usually remains completely harmless and heals without complications.
However, if one tries to advance the process, for example by:
In the worst case, the pus can pour into the tissue inside. Especially children, who are also much more likely to get barley grains than adults, find it very difficult to leave the annoying painful "pimple" on their eyes alone.
By manipulating the barley grain, however, the pus bacteria can get into the bloodstream and then be carried by the bloodstream further into the skull, as the eyelids and brain are directly connected in the bloodstream. A purulent meningitis can be a life-threatening consequence of the "attack" on the barley grain.
The barley grain can be treated with disinfectant or antibiotic-containing eye ointments / drops, which reduce the swelling and heal the inflammation.
Dry heat (eg red light) helps in addition to a dissolution or a faster pus outbreak and can thereby accelerate the healing of the barley grain.
Since the barley grain is a bacterial infection, it is important to cleanse the eye and prevent the spread of bacteria. Therefore, it is especially important that the hands are thoroughly washed and dried before contact with the eyes. In order to dissolve glues and crusts, olive oil is helpful by applying it to a compress and thus dissolving the crusts. A saline solution helps to rinse off the encrusted encrustations. In any case, it is important that the active ingredients used do not get in the eye!
Many home remedies have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, including witch hazel, juniper oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, calendula and neem oil. For these substances, it is important that they are diluted only to a high degree and applied to a compress on the eye. Cold compresses soaked in fennel, chamomile or witch hazel may be used to control the swelling of the barley grain. In addition, eyebright ( Euphrasia ) is helpful from which one can make a tea, which is placed over a compress or a linen cloth for half an hour on the diseased side. In addition, the light and warmth of the red light lamp is beneficial to a barley grain, as the heat accelerates healing and dries up the bacterial focus.
Since the barley grain is harmless in and of itself, a visit to a doctor with a single barley grain is not absolutely necessary. Often, however, barley grains tend to reappear (recurrences) and thus should be treated equally well (see above).
A treatment with red light, disinfectant ointment from the pharmacy and homeopathy can be carried out on a barley grain once alone. However, the advice of an ophthalmologist should be obtained from:
Also, antibiotic ointments or eye drops are available only on prescription of the ophthalmologist, eg Floxal eye ointment.