Has it been long since you visited your eye doctor? If you think something is wrong with your eyes, here are some possible symptoms something might be going on. But if you are just having a painful stye problem, this article might save you from going to the doctor’s.
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 forms. You can also have redness and swelling. Here are some home remedies that can help you reduce the stye on your eye.
Some of these treatments involve using an eye wash, and you can always buy an eye wash cup at your local pharmacy.
1. Tea bags
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Green tea as an inflammation fighter seems to be a winner among tea treatments. Black, mint, or chamomile tea are also very effective. You need to soak a tea bag in warm or hot water for a few minutes and then hold it on the eyelid for 15 – 20 minutes after it has cooled.
2. Warm compress
The most common remedy is to apply a warm or hot water compress throughout the day to your infected eye. It is also kid-friendly and safe to leave on all night.
3. Baby shampoo
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. Then, you can clean the eye with the diluted solution or dab it onto the eyelid with a cotton swab.
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Tumeric is a well-known natural inflammation fighter and antiseptic. Mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric with 1 cup of warm water to make an eye wash. Also, you can mix turmeric into a paste with castor oil and leave it on the affected eye for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing off. Do this two time a day until the infection disappears.
5. Castor oil
Put castor oil directly on the stye using a cotton ball. Just a few drops 2 – 3 times a day will release the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties into your lid’s pores.
6. Coriander water
Coriander has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well. Boil 1 -2 tablespoons of coriander seeds in 1 cup of water. Allow them to cool for at least an hour and strain the seeds out. Then, wash the affected eye with the coriander water.
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Warm up some milk and dip a cotton pad in it. Leave it on the stye overnight and it will probably drain and/or shrink. You can also add ¼ – ½ teaspoon of turmeric to the milk.
8. Apple cider vinegar
Stir 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of warm water. Sip this mixture for a few days as an internal infection fighter. You can also use it as a compress on the eyelid.
Stir salt into some warm water and apply the salty solution to the eye with a washcloth.
10. Gold ring
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Believe or not, gold really is a stye remedy. Rub a ring that’s at least 14K gold on the stye for about 5 minutes a couple of times a day. It’s said the pain will stop after a few days.
The enzymes in raw potato can soothe inflammation and pain. Shred some potato and wrap it up in a clean cotton cloth to make a poultice.
If you want to prevent getting an eye stye, here is what you can do:
- Avoid using dirty makeup brushes or sharing makeup
- Remove contacts every night
- Wash your hands before touching your eyes
- Always keep your eyes clean
It’s important to remind children to wash their hands before touching their eyes, and not to share glasses or makeup.
Also, protect your eyes from strain or environmental conditions that could expose them to germs or debris. If your stye gets worse, seek medical attention immediately.