5 Easy Tricks for Treating Styes

15 January, 2020
Warm compresses, chamomile rinses, and other home remedies are very popular for treating styes. In this article, we'll share the best remedies for this condition.
A stye is a small bump usually formed along the eyelids. They are caused by inflammation in the sebaceous gland located on the edge of the eyelid. Getting rid of a stye sometimes requires medication, but there are also some simple tricks you can try at home to treat the problem. 

Another possible cause of inflammation on the eyelid is something called a chalazion. These occur when there’s an obstruction in one of the small sebaceous glands on the edge of the eyelid, just behind the eyelashes.
Unlike a stye, chalazia don’t usually hurt and tend to be more prominent in the inner part of the eyelid.
A person with a chalazion.

Possible causes of styes

The most common causes of styes are:

Staph infections

Nine out of ten styes are caused by staph infections. Staphylococci bacteria live on the skin and nose and are not harmful under normal conditions. However, if they come in contact with the rim of your eyelid, they can cause infection.

Touching your eyes with dirty hands, changing your contacts without disinfecting them first, or leaving eye makeup on all night can cause staph infections.

Chronic eyelid inflammation

Also known as chronic blepharitis, this inflammation usually affects both eyelids and can cause irritation and redness.

Read more: 5 Home Remedies To Relieve Swollen Eyelids

Stye symptoms

The signs and symptoms of a stye are:

  • A red bump on your eyelid, similar to a pimple or whitehead.
  • Pain in your eyelid.
  • Swelling of the eyelids.
  • Water eyes.
  • Rheumy eyes.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Feeling like you have something in your eye.

Have you ever had a stye? If you have, or if you get them often, keep reading. Here are some home remedies for treating styes.

Home remedies for treating styes.

Tricks for treating styes

1. Gold

If you’re trying to treat a stye quickly, one of the most ancient methods, which actually works the pretty good, is applying heat to the affected area. People usually use gold jewelry for this.


  • Rub a ring, or any piece of gold against a clean cloth or piece of clothing.
  • Keep rubbing until the ring is warm.
  • Place it directly on the stye.
  • Repeat 10 times in a row every day.

*According to scientists, the relief from this method comes from the heat, not the fact that the object is made of gold.

2. Topical aloe vera

Aloe vera gel is a popular remedy for styes because of its healing properties.

You need a spear of aloe vera and a piece of gauze. Peel the aloe vera and rinse the peeled piece with water. Then, use the gauze to apply it to your eyelid.

*This method has not been scientifically proven. Nevertheless, it continues to be a very popular folk remedy.

Aloe vera gel.

3. Chamomile tea bags

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and can help relieve the symptoms of a stye.

Prepare one chamomile tea bag in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes, and then place the teabag on your stye. Leave it there for ten minutes, and repeat twice a day.

Other tips

Antibiotic creams

Antibiotic ointments can help a stye when the cause is a staph infection. A doctor will prescribe the medication, just follow the instructions they give you during the appointment.

Read more: Do You Know the Best Natural Antibiotics?

Keep your glasses and contact lenses clean

If you use contact lenses, try not to use them until your stye is gone. They could be contaminated with the bacteria that caused your stye. Make sure they are clean and wash your hands well before touching them.

We also recommend you wash everything that might have come into contact with your eye, such as pillowcases, sheets, cushions, towels, etc.

2. Topical aloe vera

Topical aloe vera

Among many wonderful uses of aloe vera, you  can also soothe a stye quickly and effectively. It’s possible thanks to aloe vera’s pain-relieving and healing effects.


  • Aloe vera leaf.
  • Gauze pad or a clean cloth.


  • Take the aloe vera leaf and peel it vertically to extract the pulp and use it as a gel.
  • Dip the gauze pad completely into the pulp and apply it directly on the stye.
  • Let it sit for a half hour and wash off with warm water.
  • Dry with a paper towel.
  • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day for best results.

Please read: 9 Medicinal Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

3. Chamomile tea bags

Chamomile helps soothe and reduce inflammation. It’s a herb with medicinal powers that have regenerative effects on eyelids.


  • 1 chamomile tea bag.
  • 1 cup of boiling water (250 ml).


  • Place the chamomile tea bag in the boiling water.
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Put the chamomile tea bag right on top of the stye. Let it sit until it cools and remove afterwards.
  • Repeat 2 times a day. Every treatment should last 10 minutes.
  • The application of this treatment will help eliminate your stye.

4. Antibiotic ointments

Antibiotic ointments

Ointments that have bacteria targeting components are the best to treat a stye, especially if the stye is from a staphylococcal infection, which is the most common bacteria around the eyelid.


  • Antibiotic ointments prescribed by a doctor.


  • Once you’ve seen the doctor and have received the antibiotic ointment, you should apply it using clean hands. Not doing so could make the infection worse.

5. A full night’s sleep

Getting eight hours of sleep is another expert recommendation for treating styes. It’s one of the most simple and effective tricks out there.


  • Go to bed at 9:00 for three nights in a row and you’ll be getting a full night’s sleep more often.
  • After 3 nights of going to bed early, the stye will disappear. It’s as simple as closing your eyes and waiting for nature run it’s course. There’s no doubt about it, it’s the best trick.
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