What is a stye?
A stye or sty (hordeolum) is a red bump, sort of like a pimple, that forms on the outside edge of the eyelid. Your eyelids have lots of tiny oil glands, especially around the eyelashes. Dead skin, dirt, or oil buildup can clog or block these small holes. When a gland is blocked, bacteria can grow inside and cause a stye to develop.
- pain and swelling
- increased tear production
- a crust that forms around the eyelid
- soreness and itchiness
Styes can be caused by inflammation or infection of the eyelash follicle.
There are small oil glands that sit around the eyelid and drain through ducts into the eyelashes.
If something clogs the duct, the oil can’t drain and backs up into the glands. The gland becomes swollen and inflamed, causing the stye.
1. Warm Compress
Applying a warm compress to the affected area of the eyelid is one of the best remedies for a sty. The heat will increase circulation to the area and speed up the rupture and drainage of pus from the sty. It will also reduce symptoms like pain and swelling.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is another popular treatment for sties due to its soothing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help reduce redness, swelling and inflammation as well as speed up the healing process.
3. Coriander Seeds
Coriander seeds are a traditional home treatment for sties due to their anti-inflammatory properties. These seeds can help reduce pain, redness and swelling, thereby making you feel much better within a few days.
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can help get rid of a sty quickly. It can reduce inflammation and remove any infection-causing elements that may be contributing to the condition.
5. Green Tea
Green tea has natural anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce pain and inflammation and diminish the sty. Also, it is rich in tannic acid that is effective in keeping infections at bay. It also contains a variety of nutrients and antioxidants that contribute to healing and relief.