24 Easy and Safe Ways to Get Rid of Styes Fast at Home
What Are Styes?
Causes and Symptoms
Most bumps on the eyelid are styes. A stye is the inflammation of a sebaceous gland just over the eyelid that forms a reddish bump that looks like a pimple.
Bacteria known as staph are usually responsible for causing them. In some cases, there may be other bacteria involved. The bacteria can be transferred to the eyes due to improper hygiene.
A lump in the eye is very uncomfortable and painful.
Most Common Symptoms
- Slight swelling of the eyelid
- Burning sensation
- Discomfort when blinking
- Increased sensitivity to light
1. Coriander Seeds
Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in a cup of water. Use this water to wash the eye 3 - 4 times a day.
2. Tea Bags
Moisten some tea bags and place them over your eyes for 8 - 10 minutes. Do this several times a day. You can use bags of chamomile or dandelion tea — both herbs are anti-bacterial.
This is one of the most popular home remedies for treating styes, as it is very effective when it comes to calming the infection.
Use alum water to wash your eyes. To prepare the solution, mix 2 - 3 granules of alum in a cup of water.
Make a paste from a potato, spread it on a cloth and apply it externally on inflamed eyes to reduce swelling.
This spice is known for its great healing powers and provides fast relief from styes.
- Put one teaspoon of turmeric into 2 cups of water and boil.
- Boil until the solution is reduced down to half its original amount.
- Then, pass this preparation several times through a fine gauze to remove all the turmeric granules.
- Use the remaining liquid as eye drops 2 - 3 times daily.
Heat up guava leaves and place on a warm, damp cloth. Apply this compress slowly over your eyes. This helps to get rid of swelling and irritation.
-Styes can occur at any age, but the causes may vary.
-In boys, they are often triggered by poor hygiene (touching the eyes with dirty hands).
-In adults, styes often appear if the contact lenses are not cleaned properly.
-A type of bacteria called staph is the common element that causes it.
-The stye can also be a consequence of diseases like anemia, diabetes, hormonal disorders, thyroid, allergies, chronic ocular inflammation, and more.
-Though annoying, they are usually harmless.
7. Chard Leaf
- Wash chard leaves and then heat them up with a little water for five minutes.
- Strain the liquid and let it cool.
- Apply this directly to the affected area with your eyelids closed half an hour.
- Repeat this three times a day until the styes disappear.
8. Mint Leaf
- Crush several mint leaves and apply as a poultice on the stye.
- Leave on for 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Prepare an infusion of calendula with one tablespoon of dried petals per 250 ml of water.
- Strain the liquid, then use gauze to apply it on the affected eyelid until it cools.
- Repeat this three times a day.
Boil a handful of tender spinach, drain, an then apply as a poultice on the affected eyelid for 30 minutes. Repeat this three times daily.
Boil 25 g of chamomile, 10 g of horsetail, and 10 g of thyme in a liter of water for 10 minutes. Cover and let cool. Apply as a compress on the eyes three times a day.
12. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel with a cotton stick to the affected area several times a day. This will get rid of styes in no time. Aloe vera has other amazing healing properties. It is indeed a miracle plant.
13. Acacia Leaf
- Put a handful of acacia leaves in 1 cup of boiling water.
- Cover and let cool.
- Wet a clean cotton cloth or gauze and apply it as a compress on the eye that has the stye.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes.
This remedy will combat the pain.
14. Coriander Leaves
- Boil one teaspoon of coriander leaves in 1/2 cup water for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover, and let cool.
- Filter and then soak the gauze with this preparation and clean your affected eye several times a day.
15. Saliva! (Really?)
Really! Heat a little saliva with the index finger in the palm of the other hand and then place it on the stye.
Place an egg laid recently on the stye and leave on for 5 minutes. Or, separate the white of a raw egg and place it in a clean cloth. Place this compress to the stye for fifteen minutes three times a day.
17. Warm Compress
Make a warm compress with a cloth or towel warmed in hot water on the eyelid area for five minutes, two or three times a day until the stye disappears.
18. Eye Exercises
Eye exercises such as moving the eyes gently up and down, from side to side in a circle — clockwise, counterclockwise, and in semicircles — also helps with styes. This eliminates tension and relaxes the eyes and surrounding tissues.
- Pour a cup of boiling water over a handful of fresh parsley. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
- Soak a clean cloth in the mixture, place a cloth dampened with water on your eyes and relax for 15 minutes.
- Repeat this before bed.
This mixture is also good to get rid of puffiness around the eyes.
20. Use a Cotton Cloth to Get Rid of Pus
To get rid of pus, apply a cotton ball soaked in warm water several times a day. Leave the cotton on your eyelids for 10 minutes.
Cucumber is another home remedy for styes. Place cucumber slices on the infected eyelids to reduce inflammation and pain. You can also apply tomato slices over the affected area.
Soak a clove in water and rub gently on the affected eyelid. This will help reduce the pain.
Add some salt to warm water, let it cool a bit, and then moisten a clean cotton cloth with it. Rub the cotton on the affected eye.
Another home remedy that has been supported by word of mouth is to to find a gold object, such as a ring or bracelet, rub it on a cloth or a piece of clothing to warm it up first, and then place it on the stye.
Or, you can heat a spoon (dunking it into hot water works), let it cool slightly and place it on the stye. Make sure it's not too hot, though, or you could hurt yourself!
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What Not to Do
- No squeezing, pinching or pressing the stye. Do not pop or touch it. These can make it worse. You must allow it to drain itself.
- Do not use eye makeup. If you do so, you are inviting an infection. To avoid spreading the stye, do not share your cosmetics and eye makeup.
- You should never try to remove it at home, because then the infection could spread through the rest of the eye. The stye should drain by itself. If not, consult a medical specialist who can drain it safely.
- Also, as mentioned, styes are contagious. So, if you have one you should not share towels, clothing, or other objects that may cause another person to become infected.
- Avoid excessive intake of starchy and sugary foods.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses. They can become contaminated and the bacteria can be transferred to the non-infected eye.
- If there is no improvement whatsoever after using these home remedies in five days, it's time to consult a doctor.