A sty is a red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid, either outside or the inside part of your eyelid, that may look like a boil or a pimple that may sometimes be filled with pus.
In most cases, a sty will begin to disappear on its own in a couple days. In the meantime, you may be able to relieve the pain or discomfort of a sty using any of these remedies:
- Tea bags
Black tea works best because it helps reduce swelling and has some antibacterial properties.
Soak a tea bag in warm or hot water for a few minutes, let it cool enough and then hold the tea bag on your eyelid for about 10 minutes.
- Warm compress
This is perhaps the most common and effective remedy for sties. The warmth helps bring the pus to the surface and dissolve the pus and oil so the stye can drain naturally.
Use a compress of hot water and apply it to the irritated area. Do not squeeze or try to puncture the stye. Repeat 3-4 times a day.
- Baby Shampoo
Baby shampoo is known for being gentle on the eyes. Mix a little with warm water and wash your eye. Either cleanse your eye with the diluted solution directly or use a cotton swab.
You can do this every day until the sty is gone.
Turmeric is a natural natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Mix 2 teaspoons with a cup of warm water to make an eye wash. Leave the mixture on the affected eye for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Do it twice a day until the infection is gone.
Coriander antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties? Boil 1-2 tablespoons of coriander with half a cup of water. Allow it to cool for at least an hour and wash the affected eye with the solution.
Heat some milk and dip a cotton ball into it. Leave it on your eyelid overnight to shrink the sty. You can also add some turmeric to the milk.
- Apple cider vinegar
Stir a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup of warm water. Drink the mixture every day for a few days or make a compress with it.
- Saline solution
Salt also works to relieve infections and swelling. Pour a few teaspoons of salt into a little warm water and apply it to the eye with a compress.
- Avoid using makeup and wearing contact lenses
Avoid using makeup if you have a sty. Makeup can irritate the eye even more and delay the healing process. You can also transfer bacteria to your makeup and tools and spread the infection to your other eye.
The enzymes in raw potatoes can alleviate inflammation and pain. Shred some potatoes and wrap the shreds in a clean cotton cloth to make a poultice. You can also use a raw potato and put the skin directly over the eye.
To prevent sties here are some precautions you can take:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your eyes.
- Avoid sharing makeup or using dirty makeup brushes.
- Remove contact lenses every night before bed.
- Remove eye makeup every night before you sleep.
- Avoid sharing towels with someone who has a stye.
Most sties are harmless to your eye and won’t affect your ability to see clearly. However, contact your doctor if the sty doesn’t start to improve after 48 hours or the redness and swelling extend beyond your eyelid and involve your cheek or other parts of your face.