According to Mayo Clinic, a stye is caused by a bacterial infection of the oil glands in the eyelid.
Natural ways to get rid of a stye on the eyelid
Ever had a stye?
The result of the infection is usually a reddish, painful lump on the outer or inner side of the eyelid. Normally, a stye does not affect the functions of the eye. All the same, the pain and the swollen look on your face is not something anyone will want.
In most cases, the stye will disappear on its own after a few days. Unless the stye becomes persistent or affects the vision, you can treat it at home with some simple techniques:
If you have been trashing your teabags after making your tea, they will be of use at this time. Or if you are not making tea, simply soak the teabag in warm water. Then compress the stye with the teabag for around 10 minutes. If you have green tea, the better since it has antibacterial properties.
2. Warm compress
What if you have no teabag? Warm water is as effective as the teabag. Soak a clean cloth in warm water and use it to compress the stye. If the cloth gets cold, soak it in warm water again. Doing this several times a day will help clear the stye.
3. Cucumber or potato
Slice a clean cucumber or potato and rub it on the affected area. If possible, use a cucumber that has been refrigerated. The cold compress reduces inflammation and any irritation.
4. Skip makeup
While this is not something you would want to do, it’s a great move if you are self-treating a stye. Eye makeup on a stye will only make it worse.
While treating a stye at home, it’s important to wash your hands regularly to avoid transferring more bacteria to the affected eye. Since sties are also contagious, you should be careful not to keep on touching it or sharing your wash clothes with someone.
If the stye does not go away after self-treating at home and it lasts more than 48 hours, Mayo Clinic recommends seeing a doctor.
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