A stye is a red lump, like a pimple, that forms on an eyelid. It is caused by an infection of an oil gland on the eyelid and can be very painful. Styes are seldom serious and most will subside within a few days, provided no serious infection sets in. They mostly occur on the outer rim of the eyelid but occasionally can occur on the inner region. Symptoms include swelling, pain, itchiness, difficulty blinking, increased sensitivity to light and mucus discharge. Styes are almost always a result of dirt entering an oil gland and setting up an infection, so hygiene is important when treating one. When you have a stye –
Keep your hands away from your eye and wash them well before treating the eye.
Never attempt to squeeze a stye, you’ll simply spread the infection and hurt the eyelid.
Discontinue wearing contact lenses while you have a stye.
Discontinue eye makeup while you have a stye.
If the stye persists for more than 10 days, it may be advisable to consult your medical doctor or health professional.
Here are 11 home remedies you can try to ease the discomfort and speed the healing of an eye stye:
1. Avoid Soap
When you have an eye stye don’t wash your face, especially around your eyes, with bath soaps. Soaps contain fats which can block pores and aggravate the infection caused by the stye. It’s best to use a soap free cleansing agent specifically formulated for use on the face and eye area. An alternative is to use a mild baby shampoo as a face wash. Add a few drops to a cup of warm water and mix well, making sure the shampoo is well diluted. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and use to gently clean the area around the stye. Rinse well with clean, warm water and repeat a few times every day.