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Eye Stye - Treatment And Home Remedies

A stye is a localized infection or inflammation of the eyelid margin involving hair follicles of the eyelashes (ie, external hordeolum) or meibomian glands (ie, internal hordeolum). It can be transmitted one hair shaft to another easily. Patient may experience pain, swelling, and redness on the base of eyelid.


Eye stye are caused by staphylococcal bacteria. This bacterium is often found in the nose, and it's easily transferred to the eye by rubbing first your nose, then your eye.

Eye styes are more commonly found in persons who have the diabetes, blepharitis.

Signs and Symptoms

  • A painful, red and tender lump develops on the eyelid.
  • Tearing of the eye
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling of the eyelid
  • Sensitivity to light

Treatment for styes

  • Applying hot compresses (4 times a day for 15 min) are the mainstay of treatment. This will relieve the pain and bring the stye to a head, much like a pimple. The stye ruptures and drains, then heals.
  • Prescribed antibiotic drops may also be used to help fight the infection.

Home Remedies for the Treatment of Eye Stye

  • Take guava leaves, and placed it on the warm cloth. Use it as compress for few minutes. This is very helpful to reduce the pain, swelling and redness.
  • Make paste with potato, spread it on a cloth and apply it externally on inflamed eyes to reduce swelling.
  • Boil 1 tsp of coriander seeds in a cup of water. Use this preparation to wash the eyes 3-4 times a day, it can give more relief in stye and reduce the pain.
  • Dissolve 2 -3 granules of alum in a cup of water and wash your eyes, it reduce the pain.
  • Boil a handful of acacia leaves in two cups of water to make a decoction and apply it as compress on the eyelids.

Preventing Styes

  • Don't rub or squeeze the stye.
  • Protect your eyes from air pollution and dust.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses overnight
  • Avoid eye makeup such as mascara, eyeliner etc.

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