n try the trick where you pull the upper lid over the bottom, but nothing works. When you look in the mirror, you realize that you have a tiny pimple on the eyelid that is causing the irritation. A stye is something that is barely noticeable, but it can cause a significant amount or irritation and disturbance to the person who has one.
A hordeolum or stye, is a pimple that forms on either the inside or the outside of someone’s eyelid. It is an infection caused by the bacteria staphylococcus which forms an abscess. There are other forms of eyelid pimples that are not a stye. The way to tell if you have an infectious stye is by the telltale pain that it causes. A stye normally will go away on its own, and there is no need for medical intervention. The time, to seek the advice of a physician, is if the stye doesn’t disappear in a week or two.
The most important thing to remember when have a stye is that you don’t want to pop it, or use your fingers to pop the puss that can form on the head of it. If you do, you are exposing the eye and the surrounding area, to infection. If the stye bursts on its own, make sure to clean it thoroughly and wash your hands if you touch it.
8 ways to rid your eye of a stye
1. Warm compress
If you notice that you have a stye it is best to not touch it. To relieve the pain that it can cause, you can put a warm compress on your eye. Make sure that the compress is dry and clean. Do not rub it, just place a warm cloth directly on top of it.
Potatoes have natural astringent properties. It may seem strange, but if you want to draw the infection out of a stye, you can mince a potato in the blender, put the mixture into cheesecloth, and then you can apply it directly to the eye. Make sure to keep your eye closed to protect it.
Chamomile is known as a way to relax the body to get sleep at night; it is recommended that you add it to your tea. Another use, which it has, is to decrease the inflammatory response of the body. If you want the stye to shrink and to cause less irritation, chamomile may be the natural trick you need. Take chamomile leaves and boil them in a pot of hot water for about ten minutes. Place aside to cool. Take a washcloth and submerge it into the water and apply it to your eye. The lukewarm water will help to soothe the pain, and the chamomile will take away any inflammation that is causing irritation to the eye.
4. Tea bags
Tea is something that has been used for medicinal purposes throughout the centuries. Different types of teas have different effects on the body. To help cure a stye, use a chamomile tea bag and get it wet using warm water. Take a tea bag and apply it directly to the eye letting it sit for 10-15 minutes. The natural tannic acid in a tea bag along with the chamomile will help to soothe the eye and to clear up the infection.
5. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a plant that is normally associated with curing skin injuries such as cuts and scrapes. It is also something that you can use for sunburns, or another type of skin burn. If you have a stye, apply aloe vera to the eye. It can help to both soothe the redness and irritation, and to cure the infection. Take just a small amount of aloe vera and simmer it in water for about ten to 15 minutes. In the same way that you do chamomile, soak a clean washcloth in it and place it directly on the eye letting it sit for 15 minutes.
Turmeric is a herb that is excellent to deal with all different types of infections. It is no less effective in the eye. In the spice form, it can cause more irritation, so you have to be careful when using it. Boil one teaspoon of turmeric with a cup of water and let it condense. Take the mixture and using a sterile eyedropper, apply 3-4 drops in the eye 3-4 times a day for the best results. If you are someone who doesn’t like the idea of eye drops, you can make it into a paste using it grated, and apply it directly to the eye.
The best way, to deal with a stye, is to prevent one. The eye is a very sensitive and vulnerable part of the body. To protect it, make sure to never share makeup with another person. If you have old mascara, anything older than 6 months, make sure to discard it. Using old makeup products that have been exposed to the eye can cause infection. If you have a stye, it is very important to take time away from wearing makeup. Don’t ever apply makeup to a stye to cover it up. You can make the infection worse, or spread it to the eye or surrounding area. Always keep it clean and dry.
Styes are like any infection of the eye, extremely contagious. To stop the spread of the infection that causes the stye, make sure to wash hands thoroughly if you touch it. Also, make sure that if you are going to wash it, you use a clean washcloth every time. Once you use the washcloth, throw it in the laundry to ensure that it doesn’t touch anything else that it can contaminate. Styes can be very irritating, but it is extremely important that you not touch it when possible, keep your hands away from your face and eyes.