Eye stye is a common infection that resembles a boil or a pimple and appears around the eyelids. You may experience pain, redness, and itching in the eyes. Your eyelids may also appear swollen. A stye results from a bacterial infection or from clogging of the oil glands around the eyelashes. It is usually harmless, and does not interfere with the vision. However they look bumpy and ugly. There are some home remedies for styes that may be helpful for you.
Natural Cures for Eye Styes
- Take a gold ring and rub the stye with the gold ring a few times every day. It will stop the pain and the stye will go away.
- Using a hot compress is the best option. Apply a clean warm wet cloth to the eyes and press gently on the affected area for a few minutes. Do this for 4 to 5 times a day.
- Boil a teaspoon of coriander seeds with a cup of water, like a herbal tea preparation. Wash your eyes 3 to 4 times a day with this solution.
- Warm some Guava leaves and place them on a warm damp cloth, and use as a compress to reduce the redness and swelling.
- Boil 1 teaspoon of turmeric in 2 cups of water, until it reduces to half. Cool and strain it through a muslin cloth. And apply as eye drops 3 times a day.
- Take a cup of water and dissolve 2 to 3 granules of alum in it. And use as an eyewash.
- You can also use a grated potato as a poultice, to reduce swelling in inflamed eyes.
- Boil a handful of acacia leaves in two cups of water and make a decoction. Apply it as a compress on the eyes.
- Rub clove spice in water and apply to the eye stye.
- Slit an aloe leaf lengthwise and place the pulpy side on the sore eye.
- Take a raw egg and seperate the white from yellow. Then place the white of the raw egg in a white cotton cloth or paper towel. Keep it on the stye 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time.
- Mix Johnson’s baby shampoo with water. Put this solution on a Q-tip and wash the eye lashes with it. Do this twice a day.
- Wet tea bags in warm water and place them on the eyes for 8-10 minutes. Do this several times a day. This shrinks the stye to half its size because of the tannic acid present in tea.
- Or you can run cold water over a tea bag. Squeeze the water and then place it on your eye for about 30 mins.
- Make a solution of warm water and salt. Let it cool a bit, so that you can apply it on your eyes. Soak some cotton in it and hold it to your eye for a minute. Repeat this technique a few times with fresh cotton.
Eye Stye Tips
When you get an eye stye, you may need to follow certain preventive tips to stop the spread of styes:
- Maintaining proper hygiene is very important. Always remember to wash hands before and after touching the infected eye.
- Never squeeze or pop a stye, because the infection might spread from one eye to another.
- Avoid touching or rubbing the infected eyes.
- Apply warm compresses to the eyelid at least four to five times a day.
- Keep the eyelids clean and free of oil.
- Avoid excessive intake of sugary and starchy food.
- Styes may also spread from an infected person to another member of the family. Use a separate towel and soap if you have an eye stye.
- Gently clean the eyelid with a clean, warm washcloth everyday.
- Visit an opthalmologist and get a Rx ointment or oral antibiotics. Apply the antibiotic ointment or drops regularly that your doctor has prescribed.
- Do not wear contact lenses when you get an eye stye.
- Never share your eye make-up, especially if you are prone to getting styes often.
- Styes can be prevented by maintaining good hygiene, proper diet and relaxation techniques like palming.
- Protect your eyes from pollution and dust.
- Sometimes the stye may need to be surgically removed. Surgical drainage of the stye is necessary if the stye is not responding to treatment.