Discover how to get rid of a stye.
A stye is an eyelid infection that causes a tender, red bump near the edge of the eye. The infection is caused by a blockage of the sebaceous glands or by bacteria and can occur at the base of an eyelash (external stye) or inside one of the glands in the eyelid (internal).
A stye usually forms in one eye at a time, but you can get them in both eyes, especially if you didn’t treat the first stye that formed. A stye is usually a one-time problem that does not return once treated. However, some styes can sometimes form again. What you think is a stye may also be a chalazion, a healed internal stye that is no longer contagious.
Although most red bumps near the edge of the eyelid, which often aren’t even styes, are harmless and usually heal on their own within a week or two, a stye can be a nuisance. Fortunately, there are a few home remedies that can help you get rid of a stye quickly, or at least reduce some of the swelling and discomfort it causes.
The first thing you should do if you have a style is clean your eyelids. You can use diluted tearless baby shampoo on a cotton pad, washcloth, or makeup remover pad. Then rinse your eyelids with lukewarm water and gently pat them dry. You can also use a mild saline solution to clean your eyelids.
Wash your hands before and after touching the stye, and don’t share your towels or washcloths with others.
Another option is pre-moistened eyelid cleansing pads. You can find these products without a prescription at most pharmacies.
It’s a good idea to stop wearing eye makeup when you have a style since covering it up can delay the healing process. Also, discard old makeup or applicators that may be contaminated.
Wear glasses instead of contact lenses until the stye heals.
You can help a stye heal faster by applying warm compresses for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
Some people use tea bags to treat styes, but a traditional clean washcloth dipped in warm (not hot) water will do the trick. Wring out the washcloth until it stops dripping and place it over your closed eyes.
If you want to try a tea bag, wait for it to cool down to lukewarm, not hot, then place it on your eyelid for about 5-10 minutes. Use a different tea bag for each eye if you have more than one style
Some people want to pop a stye to drain it quickly, like a pimple. However, no matter what you do, don’t get carried away with the anxiety and try to burst the stye! Often the warmth of a hot compress is enough to cause it to open, drain and heal on its own, without causing trauma to the eyelid or possibly spreading the infection through pressure.
You can use over-the-counter antibiotic creams to help heal a stye, but be sure to use creams made specifically for the eyes and avoid topical steroids. Also, antibiotic eye drops are not known to help eliminate styes. If a stye is serious enough to require antibiotics, it’s probably best to see your doctor.
A gentle massage, done with clean hands, a warm compress, or a warm washcloth can sometimes relieve the pain of a stye. A massage can also promote the drainage of the style. Opt for a gentle massage and stop if you feel pain
HTGR has selected 6 natural remedies to overcome this eye infection that is as unsightly as it is painful.
Like many old-fashioned life hacks, this is going to sound crazy, but it won’t cost you anything to try it out, as it’s got a good press in the hack books.
Take a solid gold ring and rub it for a few moments on a piece of clothing to heat it. Then put it on the stye to be treated for a few seconds and repeat this trick 3 times a day.
Gold, like copper or silver, has health properties, and you can also ask for trace elements in pharmacies, some of which are beneficial in eye care.
It’s a bit like the star of natural medicine kits, and green clay continues to reveal treasures to improve our health. You are also familiar with its purifying and anti-inflammatory action. In addition to helping to deeply clean the stye, green clay eliminates impurities and facilitates the reduction of pain.
Close your eye tightly and apply a small amount of green clay mixed with water to the area to be treated. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse carefully. You can repeat the operation 3 times during the day. If your stye is substantial or very painful, HTGR advises you to combine green clay with one of the infusions below.
Infusions and decoctions are particularly effective in cleansing and ripening a stye.
As an infusion, chamomile leaves ripen the stye and then evacuate the pus it contains. Boil dried chamomile leaves, which you can find in specialty shops and pharmacies. Let cool and soak a compress with this decoction and apply it to the area to be purified for about fifteen minutes, 3 times a day.
This medicinal plant has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties, recognized for centuries. This allows it to be effective in treating eye infections, and it can cure an internal stye and relieve a swollen eyelid.
Infuse 2 sprigs of thyme in a bowl of boiled water and let cool before soaking a compress with this solution. You can then apply it for 5 minutes several times a day on the sore eyelid.
You can also use chopped thyme and insert it into the heart of a sterile compress and soak it in hot water. Then place it on the eye and let it act for about an hour to deflate the eyelid and impregnate the stye.
The cornflower bath is particularly effective in case of internal stye and it will facilitate the evacuation of pus. To perform this treatment, you must obtain blueberry leaves from a pharmacy or a specialty store.
Heat water in a saucepan and put the blueberry flowers to infuse in the simmering water. You should count about a teaspoon for a cup of liquid. Let stand for about ten minutes, then filter the solution to keep only the liquid.
Wait for it to cool and then apply it to the stye with a compress soaked in your solution. Massage gently for 5 minutes and repeat this treatment at least 3 times during the day.
Houseleek is a medicinal plant that has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and healing properties. It is therefore ideal for the treatment of styes.
There are 2 different ways to use it and prepare it before applying it to a painful stye.
Pick up 2 or 3 houseleek leaves and peel their thick skin to keep only the flesh of the plant. Crush with a pestle in a mortar, you will obtain a thick paste to apply directly to the style. Leave on for about twenty minutes and renew the treatment every day until the painful area improves.
Put some water to boil and immerse 15 grams of houseleek leaves, then leave to infuse for a quarter of an hour. Soak a compress with this decoction once it has cooled, and apply it to the stye for about twenty minutes.
Some present it as the remedy best suited to quickly cure a style, and this reputation lives up to its virtues. Indeed, eucalyptus is excellent for treating an eye infection because of its purifying and antiseptic action.
Unlike many products, it can also be given to pregnant women and even young children.
Get eucalyptus globulus hydrosol from a specialty store and apply it to the stye using a soaked compress. Leave on for about ten minutes and renew the treatment 2 to 3 times a day.
Homeopathy is an interesting solution to treat and eliminate a stye, provided you intervene as soon as it appears.
The specialist will immediately advise you on Pulsatilla 9 CH which will constitute the ideal basic treatment to treat the bacterial infection, especially if you tend to develop it regularly.
To help the stye mature faster, you can take Hepar sulfur 7 CH for several days.
In case of nocturnal pain, the homeopath can recommend Arsenicum album 5 CH and if you have developed pink edema, Apis Melificas will be advised.
At the purulent stage and when the evacuation drags on, Silicea 4 CH will help you to speed up the healing process.
When the stye is extremely painful, if your eyelid has swollen a lot or if your eye has turned red, then you must consult. Indeed, although it is usually mild, a stye that does not improve should be treated with antibiotic ointment or eye drops. In the event of failure with these treatments, a tiny surgical incision will make it possible to overcome them definitively.
In most cases, a stye can be cured with home remedies in 3 to 5 days. The swelling should start to go down after 2-3 days. If you need to see a doctor or use antibiotics for a more severe stye, it should still heal after about a week.
If you have recurring styes, you may have blepharitis. Taking steps to quickly treat this eyelid problem will also help prevent recurrences.
You should see your doctor if:
•Your stye does not improve after a few days.
•Your stye is getting worse.
•Your eye is sore rather than just your eyelid.
•Your vision is affected.
•Your eyelid swells or becomes very red.
•Your eye does not fully open.
•The problem is internal and home remedies or over-the-counter solutions are of no help
•The stye continues to grow
In some cases, styes may require minor surgery by an eye doctor, followed by prescription stye medication or antibiotics. If your doctor recommends surgery, it’s a fairly simple procedure that involves opening and draining the stye.