01 Jun How do you cure a stye: home remedies and advice
Who hasn’t had a stye? It is not generally a serious problem but it can be bothersome.
A stye is a small lump on the eyelid (upper or lower) found near the root of an eyelash. It can be vary from the size of a grain of semolina to the size of a chick pea. It can also have a spot of pus. The pain, the tight feeling and the itchiness is due to the inflammation of the eyelid, which causes us to scratch and rub it, worsening the condition.
There are many home remedies for styes. Our ophthalmologist recommends:
- Heat up a tea-spoon and place it on the stye – without burning the skin of course. Do this repeatedly for 10 minutes. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times a day.
- Heat up a gold ring and rub it onto a cloth until hot and apply this onto the stye. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
- Heat up a handkerchief or a clean cloth with an iron and put it onto the stye for 10 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
- Apply a heat mask or a thermal mask for 10 minutes. These are sold at the Chemists and have the advantage that the heat given off is even and constant. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
- Prepare a chamomile infusion and put the tea bag onto the stye for 10 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
- Make an infusion of some parsley and boiling water. Leave it for 2 minutes, wet a cloth in the infusion and apply on the stye for 10 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
If the stye has not disappeared or if it has got worse in a week you must go to your ophthalmologist. The doctor will either prescribe antibiotics or he/she will carry out minor surgery which consists of taking out the small lump after administering local anaesthetic. It is a painless operation lasting 10 minutes.
- Do not rub or scratch the stye as this will worsen it.
- Cleanliness is of utmost importance. Gently use wipes (from the Chemists) or sterile gauze with a saline solution.
- Do not try to squeeze the stye to burst it. This will only spread the infection.
- If the patient is a child, it is important to assess his/her sight, as sometimes sight problems such as hypermetropy can cause styes.
Do you need more help? You can have a free consultation about this and any other topic related to the health of your eyes through the section Questions for the Ophthalmologist. We will be delighted to help you.