How to Get Rid of a Sty

A sty in the eye is a painful and annoying bacterial infection that occurs along the edge of the eyelid. Most will heal on their own within a few days or will disappear with simple treatments that can be done at home. Warm compresses are the most recommended sty treatment because they not only relieve pain and inflammation but also encourage the sty to dissolve faster. Eventually the sty will come to a head and you should not squeeze it; just let it rupture naturally on its own.

What are the symptoms of a Sty?

  • Pain in the affected eyelid
  • Tenderness of the affected eyelid
  • Burning sensation
  • Swelling of the affected eyelid
  • Red, raised welt on the affected eyelid that resembles a pimple with no head
  • Watering of the eye
  • Discomfort when blinking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling of grittiness in the eye
  • Mucus discharge

How can I prevent a Sty?

  • 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.
  • Don’t share towels.
  • Wash pillow cases regularly.
  • Never share eye makeup with another person.

How do I treat a Sty?

  • Turmeric can be boiled in water then applied to the eyes through a dropper three times a day to help reduce inflammation.
  • Coriander seed can be boiled and then used to wash the eyes three or four times a day.
  • Apply some aloe vera gel directly to the sty.
  • Grate some potato and add it to some cheese cloth then apply directly to a closed eye. It will help to shrink up the tissue causing the sty and provide relief.
  • The berberine and hydrastine found in goldenseal are antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent. Mix it into an eyewash and drop into the eye four times a day.
  • Chamomile tea bags are a great way to relieve the pain of a sty. Set a slightly cooled one on the eyes for five to ten minutes to reduce inflammation.
  • Eyebright helps to reduce inflammation and fight off bacteria because of the aucubin found in it. Make a tea out of it, then dip a wash cloth in it and apply to the closed eye.
  • 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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