An eye stye is medically known as hordeolum. An eye stye is an infection of the oil glands of the eyelids that causes a hard red swollen bump on the eyelids. A stye may or may not be filled with pus.
A stye is often tender to touch. It is possible to have more than one stye at a time. Eye stye could be painful and could make you feel embarrassed.
A stye is caused by blockage of the oil glands of the eyelids. This blockage may allow bacteria to strive inside the blocked gland. The bacteria called staphylococcus is responsible for about 95% of all stye infections.
A stye is usually filled with pus and tends to look like pimples. Furthermore, styes tend to subside on their own in less than two weeks.
Factors that could increase the likelihood of having an eye stye include; stress, dehydration, poor nutrition, hormonal changes, and poor hygiene.
Symptoms of eye stye include; swelling, tenderness, pain, itching, burning sensation, mucus discharge, increased sensitivity to light, and difficulty in blinking.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with eye styes;
- Try to keep your hands away from the stye. Resist the temptation to rub or touch the stye.
- Avoid sharing your makeup tools or applicators.
- If you have to touch the stye, ensure you wash your hands before and after touching it.
- Ensure you remove your makeup before going to bed as makeup left for long could block the oil glands of the eyelids.
- Temporarily discontinue the use of eye contacts if you have eye stye.
- Do not pop open a stye as that may spread the infection to the other eye. Let it drain on its own.
- Avoid wearing makeup when you have a stye.
Below are 14 natural home remedies to get rid of or get relief from eye stye;
Turmeric is a potent antiseptic and it is often used to treat topical ailments. Mix a pinch of turmeric in clean water. Use this mixture to rinse affected eye.
Castor oil has antibacterial and hydrating properties. It reduces the pain and swelling. Apply a swab of the oil to the affected eye. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with clean water.
Guava leaves have anti-inflammatory properties. Boil guava leaves in water for about 8 minutes. Leave the water to cool down. Dip a clean soft cloth into the cooled down water and place on affected stye eye.
Soft Warm Compress
Applying a soft warm compress against the affected stye eye would quicken the rupture of the stye and reduce pain and swelling of the stye.
Cloves are pain-relievers and have antibacterial properties. This would enable it reduce the stye pain while reducing swelling. Soak about 7 cloves in a glass of water. Drain the cloves from the water. Use the water to rinse affected stye eye.
Aloe vera has numerous healing properties. It would hydrate the eye and help reduce itching. Cut and press out the aloe vera pulp. Place this pulp on the affected eye. Rinse the eye after few minutes.
Garlic has antibacterial properties that would give relief to the stye eye and reduce swelling. Crush the garlic and apply its juice the the stye. Ensure the garlic juice does not enter the eye as it may cause a stingy effect.
Coriander seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that make them perfect for eye stye. Boil the coriander seeds in water. Let the water cool. Wash the affected eye with the cooled down water.
Bitter gourd has antibacterial, cleansing and detoxify properties. Cut the gourd into slices. Place a slice on the affected eye for about 10 to 20 minutes.
Acacia leaves would help reduce the soreness and swelling of the eyes. Boil acacia leaves in water. Let the water cool. Drain the leaves. Rinse the affected stye eye with the cool water.
Warm Tea Bags
Warm tea bag provides relief to the affected stye eye and helps reduce the swelling. Dip a tea bag in warm water. Squeeze out the water from the tea bag. place the tea bag on the affected eye.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to reduce the swelling and infection. Put a little quantity of acid cider vinegar in water. Immerse cotton wool in this solution. Squeeze out the excess and place the cotton wool over affected eye for 5 minutes.
Tamarind seeds help reduce both pain and swelling of affected eye. Soak tamarind seed in water overnight. Drain the seeds from the water. Use the water to rinse the eyes.
Potato has anti-inflammatory properties and is a mild astringent. this would enable it reduce the swelling and pain. Grate a peeled potato. Wrap the grated potato in a clean cloth and place on the affected eye.
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