What is a eye stye?

A stye is an infection that causes a red, painful lump (sort of like a pimple), on the inside or outside of the eyelid. It is actually an abscess filled with pus. Most styes occur along the edge of the eyelid. An eyelid cyst, also known als chalazion, is similar to a stye, but it is usually larger and less painful.


What causes styes?

Styes occur when a gland in the eyelid becomes plugged or blocked. This can occur if the gland's opening is obstructed by a foreign substance like make-up, dead skin, oil buildup or dust. When a gland is blocked, bacteria can grow inside. This is what causes a stye to develop. Further reasons: Touching or rubbing eyes, especially with unwashed hands, Dirty contact lenses, leaving make-up on overnight or poor hygiene.


Is it serious?

Styes or eyelid cysts can be really annoying and painful but are rarely serious. Most eyelid cysts heal on their own within 2 to 8 weeks. However, you can use some home remedies to help them heal faster.


The best home remedies for eye styes:

1. Eyebright

One of the most popular herbal remedies for styes is eyebright, an herb that is actually named for its ability to clear up eye infections. This herb is full of chemical compounds that can clear up infection and reduce the swelling and redness. Typically, you can find eyebright in dried form. You can create an infusion of eyebright by boiling added water, straining out the herb, and applying the cooled liquid to the closed eye.


2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, therefore it helps reduce inflammation and even fight infection. Put 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and apply it on the affected area for about a minute. Follow this remedy three times daily for a few days.


3. Teabag Compress

Boil water and drop the teabag in a mug. Let the tea steep, then put the teabag out and wait until it cools enough to place over your eye. Keep it on your eye for about 5 minutes. Chamomile works best because it helps reduce swelling and has some antibacterial properties.


4. Don’t touch or squeeze!

Try your best not to touch or rub your eyes.It might seem tempting to pop a stye, but squeezing it can cause more problems. Releasing the pus will likely spread the infection. Let the stye drain on its own or have a medical professional drain it for you.


5. Avoid make up and contact lenses!

Don’t try to put makeup over a stye. It can delay the healing process by irritating the eye even more. If you wear contact lenses, stick with glasses until your stye heals. Bacteria from the stye can get onto the contacts and spread the infection.


6. Clean it!

One of the most important steps involved during eye stye is to keep your eyes clean. Wash your eyes with clean water for at least five to six times daily. This will check the infection from growing more. Also that will result in faster healing process of your eyes.