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Top 7 Natural Ways to Cure Sty

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 6 Apr 2016 - 11:22


What is a Sty?

A sty is defined as a blocked oil gland infection that is formed in the eye lid which resembles a pimple or a boil. The infection is often caused by staphylococcus bacterium. National Institute of Health claims that it forms at a point where the eyelid and eyelashes meet. It often grows on the outside of the eye and sometimes on the inside of the eyelid too. It eventually forms into a red bump and gets filled with pus. The symptoms of a sty could be tearing of the eye, pain and swelling in the eyelid.

Often styies are harmless and does not affect your vision (to see clearly) and goes away once the sty bursts or releases pus, but occasionally it can get severe and can last for more than 2 days with swelling and redness extending to the cheek from the eye. In such severe cases it is always advisable to contact a doctor. In the meantime you can use some top home remedies to reduce the symptoms of pain or discomfort, as an initial treatment method.

Top 7 Ways to Cure a Sty

1. Warm Compress

This is the mother of all remedies to cure a sty. A warm compress is a cloth or flannel warmed with hot water. The heat increases circulation to the affected area and hastens the rupture of the bump, thus draining off the pus from the sty. Once the sty bursts the pain and swelling also reduce. If the sty does not burst on its own do not forcibly rupture it with a pin on your own. Reach out to a doctor to the needful for you.

How to do it?

  • Dip clean napkin in hot water, wring out excess water
  • Close your eyes, place it over affected eyelid for about 5- 10 minutes
  • Repeat the same process 3 – 4 times every day, until the sty ruptures and releases the pus.
  • Use a clean napkin to wipe off the pus
  • Apply the hot compress again till the pus stops oozing out.
  • Keep the area clean and free from crusting.

2. Green Tea Bags

Green tea contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds called tannin which is anti-bacterial.  Most styies develop due to bacterium called staphylococcus. Using the green tea bags, helps reduce pain, inflammation and irritation caused by the infection. It also contains tannic acid a strong anti-bacterial element that effectively controls infection. Using the tea bags may also help in keeping the area more clean and free of irritants that can make the condition worse. It helps to rest the eye for a longer time without straining it. Also, a host of nutrients and antioxidants present in green tea contribute to relief and healing.

How to do it?

  • Immerse a green tea bag for few minutes in warm water
  • Remove it after sometime and squeeze excess water out, allow it to cool a bit.
  • Close your eyes and press the bag against the affected eyelid for about five minutes
  • Repeat this process for about 4-5 times every day until the sty releases the pus, reduces in size and the pain decrease.

Note: You can follow the same remedy with black tea bags too.

3. Turmeric and Castor Oil

The extreme pain caused by styes can be effectively soothed by a combination of turmeric and castor oil as it is packed with multiple anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Also, this combination drastically decreases the sty size.

How to do it?

  • Use a warm washcloth to clean your sty effectively
  • Make a paste of castor oil and turmeric – this combination decreases infections effectively.
  • Apply the paste on the raised bump over the eyelid using a cotton swab
  • Repeat this process for about 3 times every day until the sty reduces in size

4. Aloe Vera

  • Aloe Vera is known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It helps reduce swelling, redness and inflammation, apart from hastening the healing process.

How to do it?

  • Cut an aloe vera leaf and extract its gel
  • Rub gel over infected eyelid
  • Leave it for 20 minutes, wash it off with warm water
  • Repeat this process 4-5 times every day for the next 5 days

5. Guava Leaves

Guava leaves are great for healing sties as they possess numerous anti-inflammatory properties that eliminate the swelling and redness of the infected eyelid.

How to do it?

  • Wash 2-3 guava leaves in hot water
  • Wring out excess water from a cloth that was kept soaked for sometime
  • Place guava leaves over a warm cloth, wrap it well
  • After it cools down, take out one leaf
  • Keep the leaf over the affected area and just leave it for five minutes
  • Take the other leaves and repeat the same process
  • Repeat this remedy twice every day for 3-4 days

6. Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds are packed with anti-inflammatory properties and they are one of the age-old practices to treat sties. They reduce redness, pain and swelling and make you feel much better.

How to do it?

  • Add a teaspoon of coriander seeds to a cupful of water and boil it
  • Once it boils, remove the heat and wait till the water cools down
  • Now, strain and use this water to wash and cleanse your affected areas

7. Baby Shampoo

If you want to recover quickly from a sty, you need to keep the affected areas very hygienic and dust-free. Washing the infected areas with baby shampoo is an effective way.

How to do it?

  • To a cupful of warm water, add few drops of mild baby shampoo.
  • Mix it well to the extent of diluting the shampoo
  • Keep a cotton ball soaked in the solution
  • Close your eyes, run the wet cotton ball along the waterline (base of your eyelashes) to wash the eyelid
  • Rinse the area with warm water and apply a warm compress for about five minutes
  • Repeat this process for 4-5 times every day and your sty is sure to disappear

7 Significant Herbs to Cure Sty Naturally

  • Goldenseal – fights bacterial and viral infections from forming into a sty
  • Eyebright – reduces inflamed eye tissues, provides immediate soothing effect
  • Chamomile – has astringent & antiseptic properties; reduces pain and inflammation of eye tissues
  • Oregon Grape – its root is rich in medicinal properties; reduces itching and pain in the eye
  • Calendula – provides a cooling effect, fights against fungal and bacterial infections
  • Thyme – effectively reduces eye irritation and pain
  • Echinacea herb is very effective for anti-inflammation
  • Turmeric rhizome oil is potential eye drop in place of traditional antibiotics
  • Raspberry – effectively reduces inflammation and fights against bacterial infections

Quick Tip: Calendula flowers are loaded with medicinal properties. You can prepare a Calendula natural compress by using dried Calendula flowers in boiling water to effectively reduce swelling, pain and irritation.

Causes of Stye

Dirt, makeup, other debris that block and infect the oil gland with bacteria are some of the common causes. 90 –95 percent of sties are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, and the rest by some other bacteria.

Who is at high-risk?

High-risk sty-attracting individuals include those suffering from blepharitis, a condition that causes inflammation of eyelash follicles. It is important to use the correct solution to cleanse the contact lens and if inserted with dirty fingers, you can greatly increase the risk of developing a sty. Also contributing to this are factors like poor hygiene, rubbing your eyes with unclean hands, leaving eye-makeup overnight, using expired cosmetics, using contact lens without disinfecting it thoroughly or using unwashed hands to insert contact lens and at times low immunity.

Symptoms of Sty in Eye

Pain, redness, swelling and tenderness are common symptoms. Once the symptoms are established, a small pimple appears near the affected area, caused by staphylococcal bacteria that get transferred from hands to eyes. There are no associated visual problems, though.

Most sties spontaneously resolve by themselves without medical intervention in a couple of days. However, some simple home remedies hasten the healing process by causing it to drain and heal. Here are 7 home remedies to cure a stye the natural way!

Medicine or Ointments that gives temporary relief

Some of the over the counter ointments could help for people suffering from the infection. Some of the top ointments are -

  • Polysporin antibiotic eye drops
  • Stye Eye Relief by Similasan
  • Walgreens Lubricant Eye Ointment
  • Stye Sterile Lubricant Eye Ointment,

These non-prescription drugs might not be able to heal the problem but could give relief from burning, itching & stinging sensation. Ibuprofen could also be taken to get rid of pain temporarily and reduce the swelling. Taking multi-vitamin and mineral supplements may also help.

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