Eye stye is a bacterial infection usually occurring at the corners of the eyelids. Staphylococcus bacteria cause an infection in Zeis glands which secrete an oily substance that keeps the eye lashes moist and lubricated. This infection blocks these glands which results in the formation of a painful red bump commonly known as eye stye. Eye stye is a highly communicable common eye problem.
Here is a list of few home remedies which are helpful in treating the stye effectively:
- In a soup bowl, take a handful of fresh parsley and add a cup of boiling water to the parsley and keep it for 10 minutes. Now in this hot parsley water, soak a clean cloth and put it on your closed lids. Relax for at least 15 minutes. The hot parsley water is effective in treating the puffiness of the eyes. You can repeat this process prior to bedtime also.
- You can drink antibacterial dandelion tea. It will help your body to get rid of all the stye causing bacteria.
- On the infected closed eye, keep a moist regular tea bag and bandage it on that place and leave it overnight. Next morning hopefully your eye would be free from the painful stye.
- Make a decoction of a handful of Acacia leaves and two cups of water. Use it as a compress on your affected eyelid.
- You can even try rubbing your gold ring three times on the affected area.
- To get relief from stye pains, rub a clove in water and apply it on the stye.
- To reduce the swelling of the inflamed eyes, you can use a grated potato in the form of poultice.
- Lengthwise slit open an aloe leaf and put the pulpy side of the leaf on the affected eye.
- In a cup of water boil a teaspoonful of coriander seeds and 3-4 times a day wash your infected eye with it.
- In two cups of water add one teaspoon of turmeric. Boil it till it reduces to half. Cool it and with the help of a fine muslin cloth strain it 4-5 times. This solution can be used as eye drops 4-5 times in a day.
- Dissolve 2-3 alum granules in a cup of water and this solution can be used as eyewash.
- Warm a few guava leaves and keep them in a warm damp cloth. Use it as a compress. It will effectively reduce the swelling, pain and redness of your eyes.
- Steep a roasted-bancha tea bag in boiling hot water for 10 minutes and then add one teaspoon of sea salt. Dip a cotton pad in the lukewarm mixture mentioned above and place it over your closed eyes for 10 minutes. Try this compress three times a day.
- You can even try dabbing some castor oil many times in a day till the stye is cured completely.
- In rarest cases, a surgical drainage may be required to treat the eye stye.
Stye Prevention Tips:
- Do not touch your infected eye with your hand as hands contain many germs.
- Never try to burst the stye as the infection may spread from one eye to the other.
- As the eye stye is highly contagious, it requires a high level of hygiene.
- Never share face towel, towels or eye make-up with any other person.
- It is advisable to maintain good hygiene while inserting or removing your contact lenses.
- You can try this home recipe for the prevention of eye stye: Take one tablespoon of strong burdock-seed tea before each meal and prior to bedtime. This is highly beneficial for those who are prone to re-occurrence of the stye.
For treating eye stye, you can also use a wide range of topical, non-prescription medications. These medications are generally made of emollients and petroleum jelly which help in keeping the eye moisturized. These medications are highly beneficial in providing relief from pain, redness, stinging, itching and burning, but are ineffective in treating infection related to the eye stye.
Even after following the above home remedies, if the condition still persists then it is better to consult an ophthalmologist immediately.