Virtually everyone has ever had a stye on the outer edge of the eyelid. It is caused by the infection of one of the small sebaceous glands that we have around the eyelashes when it is blocked either by dirt or because dead skin has accumulated. Styes, in general, are harmless and, although there are drug treatments, they usually heal on their own after about a week. Now, that does not mean that are very annoying and even painful since the tear is inflamed causing itching, discomfort, increased tears, etc.. Therefore, It can be very useful to us to use some of the home remedies to alleviate the discomfort of a stye, as well as accelerate its disappearance.
It is the most traditional remedy and is usually the most effective way to treat a stye. It consists of wetting a cloth or gauze with water that is not excessively hot, drain well and place it on the eye, letting it rest for about 10 minutes. We can apply this remedy about three times a day. The heat from the compress helps the pus from the infection and all the bacteria to come out and the stye to drain naturally.
In fact, there is another popular remedy that also takes advantage of the heat and that is to rub a gold object with a cloth until it is hot and place it directly on the stye, repeating this up to ten times in a row each day. Note that this remedy works because of the effect of heat, not because the object is made of gold or any other metal.
On the other hand, it must be taken into account, for this and other remedies, thatWe should never press or try to pop the stye because the only thing we could do is spread the infection.
The disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties of the aloe vera plant make it a good candidate to relieve the discomfort caused by a stye. To use it, we must cut an aloe vera leaf lengthwise to extract its sap that we will apply with a cotton ball on the affected eyelid. Then we can rinse with boiled water and repeat this process twice a day.
This remedy is one of the best known and used against a stye since various investigations have shown that chamomile has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties that help reduce discomfort and inflammation caused by the stye. In this case we must place an envelope of chamomile in a cup of boiled water for five minutes. Then, we place the infusion envelope directly on the stye and let it act for ten minutes. They recommend repeating the procedure twice a day.
And if we don’t have chamomile in envelopes, You can also put a few drops of essential oil of this herb on the stye as it has simulated effects.
One last home remedy is to use a clean cucumber slice on the stye as Calming and anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to this vegetable.