A stye is a red bump, sort of like a pimple that forms on the outside edge of your eyelid. Although, sometimes styes can form inside your eyelid as well.
Your eyelids have lots of tiny oil glands, which can become clogged by dead skin, dirt, or oil buildup. When a gland is blocked, bacteria can grow inside. This is what causes a stye to develop.
Symptoms of a stye include pain and swelling, increased tear production, and a crust that forms around the eyelid.
Styes generally go away after about 7 to 10 days with simple home treatment. Here are some ways you can treat and prevent styes. Styes are rarely a serious medical issue, but they can be pretty irritating.
1. Wash Your Hands
Rubbing your eyes with dirty hands can introduce dirt or other particles that may clog oil glands or irritate an existing stye. To prevent sties, wash your hands with soap and water before touching your eyes.
2. Don’t Squeeze
It might seem tempting to pop a stye, but squeezing it can cause more problems. Releasing the pus will likely spread the infection. Let the stye drain on its own or have a medical professional drain it for you.
3. Use a Warm Washcloth
Wet a clean washcloth with warm (not hot) water. Wring the cloth so it’s damp and not dripping. Then place it over your eye for about 5 to 10 minutes. You can do this three to four times each day. The warmth helps dissolve the pus and allows the stye to drain naturally.
4. Go Natural
Don’t try to put makeup over a stye. It can delay the healing process by irritating the eye even more. You could also get bacteria from the stye on your makeup pencils and brushes, which could spread the infection to your other eye.
If you wear contact lenses, stick with glasses until your stye heals. Bacteria from the stye can get onto the contacts and spread the infection.
5. Baby Shampoo
Cleaning your eyelids may help to prevent future styes. Choose a tear-free baby shampoo, mix it with a bit of warm water, and gently wipe off your eyelids using a cotton swab or clean washcloth. You can do this every day or two.
6. Toss Old Makeup
Old makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Wash your reusable brushes regularly and throw out any mascara, liquid eyeliner, and eyeshadow that are over three months old.
7. Tea Bag Compress
Instead of using a warm cloth compress, you can use a warm teabag. Green tea works best because it helps reduce swelling and has some antibacterial properties.
Boil water and drop the teabag in a mug as if you were making tea to drink. Let the tea steep for about one minute. Then wait until the teabag cools enough to place over your eye. Keep it on your eye for about 5 to 10 minutes. Use a separate teabag for each eye.
8. Over-The-Counter Painkillers
Here are other home remedies that can help you to get rid of them.
- Tomato– This method will relieve the pain. Cut a tomato into slices and apply it on the affected area for 5 minutes. Repeat this 3 times in a day.
- Leaves of acacia– Put some leaves of acacia in a glass of boiled water and that’s it. Let it cool and then take a clean cloth and put it in the glass. Now, apply the cloth over the affected eye. Let it stay about 10 minutes. This method will also, relieve the pain.
- Cucumber– It’s known that cucumber has refreshing and relaxing abilities. Cut some slices and apply it on the affected area. That will help you to reduce the stye.
- Chamomile- Put a pinch of dry chamomile flowers in boiling water. Let it stay about 10 minutes to cool. Strain the liquid and take a clean cloth. Soak the cloth with the liquid and put it on the eye. Leave it stay about 10 minutes. Repeat this twice a day.
- Parsley leaves– Put 2 parsley leaves in a boiling water. Let it cool. Soak a clean cloth and apply it on the affected area. Repeat this twice a day. This will reduce the inflammation.
- Aloe Vera– Cut a sheet of aloe vera. With a clean cloth or cotton swab, apply on the affected area, the liquid that comes out of the plant. Use it 3 times in a day. After, don’t forget to rinse your eyes with chamomile tea.
- Coriander– In a boiling water, add 1 teaspoon of seeds of coriander. Let it cool. Strain it, and with cloth, apply it on the stye. Use this method 3 times in a day. This will get rid of the stye.