Sties are produced by inflammation in certain sebaceous glands that are located at the base of the eyelashes or on the eyelids. Dead skin, dirt, or oil buildup can clog or block these small glands. When a gland is blocked, bacteria can grow inside and cause a sty to develop.
The healing process for curing sties could take one to two weeks, and even though they generally aren’t a serious condition, they can be very painful and unattractive. If the problem persists for a longer period of time than that described, you should immediately see a doctor.
The primary symptoms of sty include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Discomfort while blinking
- Redness in the affected area
- A feeling of itching, burning, stinging, or pain in the affected area
- Feeling like there’s sand in your eye
- Swelling in the eyelid
- Constant watering of the eye
- Mucous secretions from the affected eye
- Blurry vision
- Appearance of a small yellow or red dot, similar to a pimple that is ready to be drained
An initial warning
Remember that sties usually pop up as a result of exposure to bacteria, so:
- Do not touch, squeeze, rub, pinch, or try to pop your sty. You could spread the infection, damage your tear ducts or even your eye.
- Increase your hygiene measures to keep the area clean and to prevent infections.
- Do not use makeup until the eye has completely healed.
- Avoid using contacts because they could become contaminated and transfer bacteria to your healthy eye.
How to quickly cure a sty?
As much as a sty might look similar to a pimple, you absolutely do not want to squeeze it. As a sty heals, it will drain on its own with no intervention required. Here are eight natural treatments that can alleviate your symptoms and speed up the healing process for styes:
If left to its own devices, a sty usually heals and drains on its own. But, if you want to encourage the likelihood of quicker drainage and healing, then you can use a warm compress.
Boil one liter of water and let it cool until it is warm. Moisten a clean cloth with the water and place it over your affected eyelid for 10 minutes. You should re-moisten the cloth each time it gets cold. This process will help drain the pus from your sty.
To alleviate the terrible pain that sties cause, you could use acacia. Add one handful of acacia leaves to two cups of boiling water. Let the solution coll so that the plant’s essence is transferred to the water. When it is warm, moisten a clean cloth in it and use it as a compress on the affected eye. You should keep it on for 10 minutes, just like the previous treatment.
Cilantro seeds are a traditional home treatment for sties due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Boil one teaspoon of cilantro seeds in one cup of water. Wait for one minute after boiling. Let the solution cool, strain, and use it to clean the affected eye three times a day.
4.Green tea bag
Green tea has natural anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce pain and inflammation and diminish the sty. Also, it is rich in tannic acid that is effective in keeping infections at bay. Moisten one green tea bag with warm, previously boiled water and place it over your sty for 10 minutes, every day, until it disappears.
Add one handful of chamomile leaves to two cups of boiling water, to eliminate your sty. Strain the solution and let it set. When the water is warm, moisten a clean cloth in it and place it over the affected eye for 10 minutes each day.
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can help get rid of a sty quickly. It can reduce inflammation and remove any infection-causing elements that may be contributing to the condition.
Boil two cups of water with one teaspoon of turmeric powder, until the liquid boils down to half its volume. Strain the solution with a cloth until it is clean. Use a dropper to place 3 drops in both your eyes, two or three times a day.
Aloe vera is another popular treatment for sties due to its soothing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help reduce redness, swelling, and inflammation as well as speed up the healing process.
Cut a piece of aloe vera lengthwise and open it to the middle. Moisten a cotton ball in the clear liquid that the plant secretes and gently rub it over the affected eyelid in the morning and at night. This is also good when you look tired when you have cataracts and all sorts of inflammation.
Cucumber is refreshing and astringent, useful for masks and sties. Slice a cucumber and place the slices over the infected area to reduce inflammation and pain as well as speed up the healing process.
Due to its astringent properties, potato helps contract the tissues and reduce skin irritations. Also, potato helps reduce inflammation and pain.
Grate a medium-size potato and wrap the grated potato in a cheesecloth. Place the cheesecloth on the affected area for five to ten minutes. Follow this remedy two or three times daily for four days.
Castor oil has ricinoleic acid, which serves as an anti-inflammatory agent. This is why castor oil helps reduce pain and inflammation so effectively.
Wash the affected eye area with warm water and apply a warm compress over the affected eyelid for five minutes. Use a cotton swab to apply castor oil on the raised bump on the eyelid. Repeat twice daily for a few days.
When it comes to how to get rid of sties, a conventional doctor may also recommend a topical antibiotic cream or antibiotic eye drops. If the infection still continues or gets worse, then your doctor may likely suggest taking antibiotics internally as well. In some situations, a doctor may surgically cut a sty and drain the pus for a very persistent sty.