An eye stye is a bacterial infection (also called Blepharitis or Chalazion) that typically affects the upper, lower or the inner eyelids. Symptoms include swelling, redness, pain and watery discharge. In some cases, the patient might complain of a blurry vision. Eye styes generally disappear on the own just like skin boils do. Good eye hygiene, proper diet and some natural home remedies can go a long way in preventing and curing eye styes. Here is what you can do:
1. Apply warm compress
Take a soft, clean cloth. Soak it in clean hot water and wring out the excess. Apply the damp cloth on the eye stye for at least 10 minutes, three to four times a day. This is one of the best home remedies for removing a stye on the upper eyelid. You can also use damp warm tea bags of green tea or chamomile tea on the eyelids to subside the swelling.
2. Try the spoon treatment
Just like a warm compress, hot spoon treatment can also effectively reduce stye swelling. Cover the broader portion of the spoon with a clean, sterile cloth. Place this on a heated pan. Heat up the spoon for a minute or two and apply it to the stye. The heat enables the stye to drain off causing reduction in swelling.
3. Use breast milk for eye stye in newborn babies
Breast milk contains many antimicrobial agents that can cure eye style on the inner and outer eyelids in babies. This natural stye remedy is completely safe for newborns.
4. Use eye drops with chloramphenicol
In younger children having eye pain due to a stye on the inner eyelid, you could try using a few eyedrops (or ointment) containing Chloramphenicol to reduce the inflammation. Note that the drops do not treat the infection; they can only reduce the symptoms. Bacitracin and tobramycin antibiotic eye medication may also be used but these need prescription.
5. Ladies- change your makeup brushes
The most common cause of eye stye is poor hygiene. If you have been using old makeup brushes or eyeliners, it is time to change them. Wash all applicator brushes in hot water or buy new ones. Avoid wearing makeup when sleeping; always wash your face before bedtime.
6. Cleanse the lids with a mild baby shampoo
To help keep the eyelid clean and prevent styes, a good remedy is the use of mild baby shampoos and warm water to wash the eyes. Dip a clean cloth in a mixture of baby shampoo and warm water. Apply it on the styes and do not rinse.
7. Avoid touching the eyes
Avoid squeezing the stye prematurely as it can lead to further problems. Instead, let the stye to come to head, and then squeeze gently. This will help in natural stye removal.
8. Drink green tea
Besides containing antioxidants that help strengthen the body from inside out, you can also acquire many other healing benefits from green tea. Drink green tea to fight frequent stye infections. Also apply green tea bag compresses to the stye to drain it.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Applying a paste of turmeric in warm milk to the stye on the upper eyelid can help cure the infection quickly. Also drink a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric to strengthen immunity and help the body fight infections.
10. Apple cider vinegar eye wash
Take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in an eye cup and dilute it with some warm water. Use this as an eye wash three times a day to reduce stye swelling overnight. (Keep the eye closed as ACV can sting).
11. Raw potato juice
Slice a raw potato and place it on the eye for 10 minutes. This will drain the stye naturally. You can also apply grated potato juice (as is or mixed with organic apple cider vinegar) to cure the eye stye in no time.
12. Castor oil
This is a wonderful natural remedy for stye removal. Using a clean Q tip, apply the oil on the upper eyelid where the stye is present. Leave it on overnight so the swelling can go down.
13. Warm milk compress
For inner or outer styes, apply warm milk compress. Warm up a little milk and soak a clean cloth/cotton ball in it. Apply it on the stye and let it remain for a few minutes. The stye will go down naturally. You can also add turmeric in the milk to make this remedy even more effective.
14. Salt water wash
Take a teaspoon of salt in a cup, add some warm water to it. Use this solution to wash the eye. Do this at least 3-4 times to drain the stye naturally.
If these home remedies for a stye do not work, see a doctor. You might need oral antibiotics or even stye removal surgery especially if there is an ingrown eyelash causing the infection. Avoid using remedies like urine therapy or even rubbing 14 K gold jewelry on the stye. These remedies do not work and can worsen the infection.