Styes are bumps that form on the eyelids often as the result of inflammation of a sebaceous gland. This small, red pimple at the base of the eye lashes is really uncomfortable and, in the majority of cases, difficult to eliminate.
It often occurs when the sebaceous glands of the eyelids become blocked which fosters the growth of bacteria. It’s physically similar to common acne, but the affected area is really uncomfortable and unsightly.
In the majority of cases, it’s the result of poor hygiene like touching the eyes with dirty hands or not cleaning your glasses. If this is the trigger, it’s likely that it’s infected by staphylococcus bacteria.
However, less often, the minor inflammation occurs as a symptom of:
- Hormonal disorders
- Thyroid problems
- Chronic eye inflammation
Eliminating this condition generally takes several days and occurs spontaneously. Luckily, there are a few natural remedies that can help you treat it, reduce inflammation and ease the discomfort.
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Applying hot compresses is a good remedy to reduce inflammation in the affected area.
The heat should be applied using hot water compresses and should be repeated several times a day for best results.
Some people think that applying a cold compresses might have a similar effect, but by using heat, you’ll accelerate the healing process.
This plant contains anti-inflammatory and refreshing compounds that can help reduce the bump and the irritation it causes.
Add a few teaspoons of chamomile flowers to a cup of hot water, let cool and then apply with a clean cloth to the affected area.
The juice released by cutting a potato can be really useful for treating a stye.
Cut a potato into slices and place in the fridge. When cold, apply to the irritated eyelids to reduce inflammation.
The juice from this plant contains antibacterial compounds that can fight staphylococcus bacteria and accelerate the healing process.
To take advantage of its benefits, extract the gel from a stalk of aloe vera and soak a cotton ball in it. Apply directly to the small bump.
Horse tail tea possesses astringent and healing properties that can reduce the bacteria causing the stye.
Make a tea with the dried plant and a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in the tea and apply to the affected area.
Using this plant can help accelerate the healing process as well as reduce the discomfort associated with inflammation.
Boil a chard leaf in a pot of water, strain and let cool. When cool, apply to closed eye for 10 minutes. Repeat 3 times daily.
Warm carrot pulp can also be really useful to eliminate a stye and relieve its uncomfortable symptoms.
Boil a liter of water and add a few sliced carrots. Let the carrots cook for 20 minutes until soft, then apply to closed eyes and let work for 10 minutes.
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Under no circumstances should you try to pop the stye like you would a pimple as it could spread the infection to the rest of the eye. It’s best to wait for it to drain on its own.
Because styes are contagious, you shouldn’t share towels, makeup and other objects that can transfer bacteria to another person. It’s best to use paper towels and avoid products that can worsen irritation.
If the condition worsens and doesn’t go away on its own in a few days, you should consult your doctor.