Ow. That’s what you say when you have a painful stye giving your eye problems. Similar to a pimple, a stye is usually filled with pus and the lump can feel tender to the touch. Your eyelid does not look or feel good.
In most cases, staph bacteria is the source of infection that blocks your eyelid glands. When they become impacted, a lump will form. Redness and swelling may also be present, and they can be found on the outside or inside of the eyelid.
Although they often go away on their own, sometimes styes are just so unbearable that you want to get rid of the pain and discomfort right away. Below are home remedies to shorten their stay on your eye.
Some of these treatments involve using an eye wash, and you can purchase an eye wash cup at your local pharmacy.
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An inflammation fighter, green tea seems to be a winner among tea treatments. But black, mint, or chamomile tea are also very effective. Soak a tea bag in warm or hot water for a few minutes and then hold it on the eyelid for 15 – 20 minutes.
The most common remedy is to apply a warm or hot water compress throughout the day to the infected eye. This remedy is kid-friendly and safe to leave on overnight for a stye that is extra painful. Keep applying them until the stye drains and is healed.
Baby shampoo is formulated to be gentle on the eyes, so you can dilute some with warm water and use it to wash the eye. Either clean the eye with the diluted solution or dab it onto the eyelid with a cotton swab.
Tumeric is a natural inflammation fighter and antiseptic. Mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric with 1 cup of warm water to make an eye wash. You may also mix turmeric into a paste with castor oil and leave it on the affected eye for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing off. Do that twice a day until the infection clears up.
You can put castor oil directly on the stye using a cotton ball. Just a few drops 2 – 3 times a day will release castor oil’s anti-inflammatory properties into your lid’s pores.
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