The eye has glands that can get clogged, just like pores on the skin. When this happens, the area gets red and swollen and tender to the touch. Fortunately, according to WebMD, styes are generally harmless and will clear on their own.
To help alleviate the discomfort and aid in the healing, there are a number of things you can do at home. Here are 6+ home treatments you should try to help heal your sty quickly.
1. Warm wash cloth. One of the best things to do is to use a warm wash cloth to help draw the infection to a head and cause it to drain. According to emedicinehealth, be sure to use a clean cloth every time and leave the cloth on for five to 10 minutes. Do this four to six times a day.
2. Massage. WebMD recommends gently massaging the area while the warm compress is on.
3. Wash. The Mayo Clinic says to be sure to wash the eye with a diluted “tear-free” shampoo every day.
4. Don’t pop. Above all else, Medical News Today says to be sure not to pop it. Although it may remind you of a pimple, popping a sty may cause the puss to spread the infection.
5. Eye makeup. To help the sty heal quickly, the Mayo Clinic says to forgo all eye makeup for the duration of the sty.
6. Glasses. According to emedicinehealth, if you wear contacts, you need to wear your glasses instead until the sty is gone.
7. Tea bag. The antibacterial properties of green tea can be capitalized upon for helping to heal your sty. Medical News Today recommends using a warm tea bag in place of the warm wash cloth for the compress.
The next time a sty rears its ugly head, take these steps to help heal it quickly.