A sty is a swelling that appears on the eyelid as a result of inflammation of the sebaceous gland located at the edge of the eyelid. Sometimes a sty requires drug treatment, but remember that there are simple tricks that will help you get better.
Another disease that causes eyelid inflammation is chalazion. Chalazion occurs when there is an obstruction in one of the small sebaceous glands at the edge of the eyelid, just behind the lashes.
Unlike a sty, chalazion is usually not painful and tends to be more prominent on the inside of the eyelid.
Cause that can cause the appearance of the sty
The main causes that can lead to the appearance of a sty are:
1. Staphylococcal infection
It is the cause in nine out of ten cases. This infection is caused by bacteria that live on the skin or in the nose and, in normal situations, are harmless. However, they can sometimes cause an infection when they come in contact with the edge of the eyelid.
Touching eyes with dirty hands, changing contact lenses without disinfecting them or leaving makeup overnight are some of the reasons that can cause this infection.
2. Chronic eyelid inflammation
Also called chronic blepharitis, it is an inflammation of the eyelid edge that usually affects both eyes and is the cause of irritation and redness.
Symptoms of a Sty
The signs and symptoms of a sty are as follows:
- Eye tears.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Pain in the eyelids.
- Swelling of the eyelids.
- Patches around the eyelids.
- A red lump on the eyelid that resembles a pimple.
- Irritating sensation of having a foreign body inside the eye.
Remedies to eliminate a sty
Have you ever had a stye? If that’s the case for you or if it happens frequently, pay attention. Here are some remedies available to eliminate a sty.
1. Gold for your eye
When it comes to quickly removing the sty, one of the tricks that has been handed down from generation to generation and that has achieved the best results is to apply heat to the wound area. For this, it is customary to resort to gold pieces.
Rub the gold object with a cloth until you feel it is hot and place it directly over the sty. Repeat the operation up to ten times in a row every day.
* Scientists clarify that relief is not obtained because the object is gold, but by the effect of heat as such.
2. Aloe vera topic
Due to its moisturizing and healing properties, aloe vera gel is considered a good remedy to alleviate discomfort caused by sty.
Use an aloe vera leaf and gauze. Extract the gel and wash it off with plenty of water. Then, with the help of gauze, apply to the eyelid.
* The effectiveness of this remedy is not scientifically proven. However, it is still widely used in
3. Chamomile bags
After several researches, chamomile has been proven to have anti-inflammatory and sedative properties that help to reduce the discomfort and inflammation caused by a sty.
Prepare a chamomile tea bag in a cup of boiled water. Leave the envelope immersed in water for five minutes, after which time remove the bag and place it in the stye. Leave on for ten minutes and repeat the procedure twice a day.
4. Chamomile essential oil
Just as there are those who use chamomile infusion to relieve inflammation and itching, there are those who apply a few drops of the essential oil of the same herb, as it has similar effects.
In fact, studies carried out in rodents have shown that chamomile essential oil has an anti-inflammatory effect.
5. Cucumber slices
According to some beliefs, placing a slice of fresh cucumber (previously soaked in water) in the sty for a while helps relieve itching and inflammation. This is because cucumber has calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
What to do to eliminate a stye?
It is not recommended to constantly place your hands in the sty (much less without having previously washed your hands with soap and water). Likewise, it is not advisable to try to ‘pop’ it or ‘drain’ it with sharp objects or nails as this can make the problem worse.
Instead, you can wash the area with soap and water, use the remedies mentioned above, and use the following advice that we’ll provide below.
use antibiotic creams
Antibiotic creams will help remove the sty when the cause is a staph infection. The cream must be prescribed by the doctor and you must follow the instructions given at the appointment.
Thoroughly clean glasses, contact lenses and related items
If you wear contact lenses, try not to wear them until the sty is gone. Lenses may be contaminated with sty-associated bacteria. Make sure they are clean and wash your hands thoroughly before handling them.
Remember that it is also recommended to wash anything that comes into contact with your eyes, such as pillowcases, sheets, pillows, towels, etc.