Home Remedies for Styes and Chalazia

Small painful bumps on the eyelids are known as styes, while larger, not painful bumps are known as chalazia. Styes are caused by a bacterial infection where the bacteria grow in the root of an eyelash or an oil gland inside the eyelid. Chalazions are formed when an oil gland becomes blocked. Some styes can turn into chalazions if they don’t drain and heal.

How can I tell if I have styes or chalazia?

Styes Cause:

  • Painful, swollen eyelids
  • Watering eyes
  • The stye will swell for a few days then break open and drain

Chalazions Cause:

  • Looks like a stye but isn’t painful
  • Grows but doesn’t burst
  • Inflammation and swelling may spread to more of the eye
  • Usually goes away in a few months


How can I prevent styes or chalazia?

  • Don’t rub your eyes.
  • If you must touch your eyes, wash your hands
  • Where safety glasses when doing work that could introduce foreign bodies to your eyes.
  • Replace eye makeup every six months.
  • Wash your eyelids regularly with a small amount of baby shampoo mixed in water.


How can I treat styes or chalazia?

  • Clean the stye immediately with a small amount of baby shampoo mixed with water. You want to remove the bacteria causing the infection as soon as possible.
  • Apply a warm compress to the eye every few hours for 5-10 minutes.
  • Reduce swelling by making a coriander wash. Soak coriander seeds in water for an hour, then strain and use the liquid to wash your eyes.
  • Make a guava leaf compress by wetting guava leaves in warm water and then applying them to your eyes. This can reduce pain and swelling.
  • Don’t use eye makeup while you have a stye.
  • Do not try to lance, squeeze, poke or pick at the stye. You’ll just spread the infection.
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