“Stye or sty is tiny pimple like bump that appears on the eyelids. They can be quite painful. To get rid of them, follow these home remedies for stye.
What is a Stye?
A Stye is a painful red bump, which almost looks like a pimple or boil thatis formed on the outside edges of your eyelids. Stye is basically a bacterial infection and can appear on both upper and lower eyelids and in both eyes simultaneously.
Our eyelids are lined with small glands. When these glands are clogged with dirt, oil build up and dead skin, bacteria often grow in them and develop infection. Sometimes, a stye can develop inside the inner eyelids as well. Stye is normally filled with pus.
Most people develop only one stye at a time. However, multiple styes are also possible.
Symptoms of Stye:
- Pain (It starts even before the swelling appears)
- Watering eyes
- Feeling the presence of something inside your eyes
- Reddened swelling
- Swelling that forms into pimplefilled with pus
- Sore and Itchy skin
- Thin crust forming around affected eyelids
Although, styes are bacterial infection, they are not indication to any underlying health issue. However, they are quite common, especially with people having dry eye syndrome. Most stye appears and goes away within 7 – 10 days. However, since they are painful and irritating, getting rid of them as soon as they start to appear is a great idea.
We are about to tell you few home remedies for stye that can speed up the healing process.
Note: Since styes are filled with pus, it is recommended to not break or press too hard on the pimple or boil. Sometimes aggressively disturbed pus may harden and form like a bulb on your eyelid.
You need to consult an ophthalmologist if the stye keeps appearing every other week or if it’s formed inside the eyelid.
Treating Stye Naturally – 7 Home Remedies
1. Warm Compress
Warm compress on the effected eyelid soothes the pain and reduces inflammation. It is one of the most common and effective treatments for stye in eye. The warmth will dissolve oil and drain the pus naturally.
- Take a clean cotton ball or wash cloth and damp it in warm water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot. Gently place it over on the effected eyelid for 5 -1 0 minutes or until the wash cloth is cold. Do not press hard, squeeze or puncture the pimple.
Repeat 3 – 4 times a day.
2. Warm Tea Bag
Tea contains antibacterial properties, especially black tea. Hence it is widely used for many home treatments. You can treat your Stye with a black tea bag. It will fight the bacteria and reduce swelling.
- Boil water and drop in a tea bag. Let it seep in the water for 1 minute.
- Remove and drain excess water. Wait until the tea bag is warm.
- Place it on the eyelid for 5 – 10 minutes. Repeat 3 – 4 times a day.
- Use separate tea bags for each eye.
3. Washing Eye With Mild Soap
It is often found that when eye lids are not washed and cleaned regularly after being outdoors for too long or after heavy makeup session, it may trigger the formation of styes.
Therefore one of the effective ways to treat Stye at home is cleanse them with mild soap. The soap will disinfect the bacteria and keep the area oil and dust free to avoid aggravation of the infection.
- Use a mild baby shampoo and mix some portion with warm water.
- Dip a cotton swab or wash cloth and gently wipe the Stye
- Cleanse the remaining eye with this solution
- Repeat everyday until symptoms go away
Read: Dry Eye Remedies to Cure
4. Avoid Make Up and Contact Lenses
Make up contains chemical in them which may worsen the pimple. Also make up may irritate the eye and delay the healing process. Homemade kohl (or kajal) is not recommended too.
Further, you can also transfer the bacteria into your makeup products and tools and may spread the infection to the other eye or another person.
Wash all your makeup brushes and tools regularly. Keep your make up products clean.
Stick to glasses until the stye disappears. Wearing contact lens may aggravate the itchiness and spread the infection to your other eye.
5. Cucumber or Potatoes
Cucumber and potatoes have cooling properties. When you have a stye, putting something refreshing may reduce the symptoms and itching. Cucumbers provide moisture and have cooling therapy that helps reduce inflammation and pain.
- Place a cool cucumber slice on the affected area for 10 minutes.
- You can also place a slice of potato or crushed potato for similar outcome.
6. Stye Ointments
You get antibiotic ointments over the counter (OTC) for self-treating styes. These ointments are available in almost all pharmacies and online medical stores.
These ointments should be applied with clean hands and on the affected eyelid. However, make sure the ointments are not topical steroids in its place.
Steroids shouldn’t be taken without doctor’s consultation and they may cause side effects.
7. Pain Killers and Massage Therapy
You can also buy OTC pain killers such as non-steroidal diclofenac, paracetamol or ibrufen tabs.
These medicines will reduce the pain and inflammation, and quicken the healing process.
You can also alternatively massage the area to promote drainage from the stye. Massaging should be done gently without hurting or squeezing the pus.
[Read: Side Effects Of Paracetamol]
Are Styes Contagious?
No,styes are not contagious. They are similar to pimples and are considered localised inflammation.
When Should We Consult A Doctor?
Staying cautious is always better than being sick. Therefore, you should seek medical help if you experience any of the following:
- Inflammation hasn’t started to reduce even after 4 – 5 days
- Your Sty has worsened after a week
- If the stye recurrence is frequent
- If you experience pain in your eye instead of the eyelid
- If the swelling has deepened in colour and you are unable to open your eyes
- If the swelling and redness has spread beyond your effected eyelid, to the cheek and other parts of face
- If you have blurred vision
In such a scenario, doctors will treat the patient with antibiotic tablets and eye drops for 5 – 7 days. In case of hardened sty, doctors may remove the pus through a small procedure.