How to Get Rid of Styes
A sty is a small bump that shows up either on the inside or the outside of the eyelid. Resembling a pimple, a sty is actually an infection caused by bacteria or excess oil from nearby glands. If left untreated, styes (also spelled “sties”) will sometimes go away on their own; releasing the puss and bacteria and eventually disappearing from your eye. However, most people want to speed up the process to get rid of styes – they’re not comfortable and definitely aren’t fun to look at.
What Causes the Sty to Form?
It’s difficult to nail down what exactly causes a sty to form. Doctors know that excess oil and bacteria are directly responsible for the sty forming, but what’s causing them to build up? Stress is one answer. Increased stress can lead to all sorts of skin issues, including contact dermatitis (fancy name for a rash) and styes. Another potential cause is too much makeup applied to the face. Because of all the oils in makeup, applying too much of it to the face may contribute to the formation of a sty.
Homemade Remedies to Treat Styes
There are 2 really effective methods I know of to get rid of styes without seeing a doctor or spending any money. They don’t work for everyone, but they’re worth a shot once you see a sty developing.
Use a Warm Compress
Holding a warm compress over a sty is proven to be an effective method for getting rid of it. Make sure to use warm water, but keep it at a comfortable enough temperature that you’re able to hold it on top of your eye for around 8-10 minutes at a time. Do this at least 4 times a day until the sty starts to break down. You may notice it shrinking and drying up. If it doesn’t start to get better within 48 hours, it’s time to try something different.
Massaging the area with your fingertips can also help to break up the fluids and bacteria in and around the sty. Do this gently several times a day until you start to notice the sty breaking down. You should see it shrinking in size and clearing up within a few days.
Medical Treatment – Antibiotics
Let’s face it: styes are infections. If they’re not getting better on their own or with home remedies, it’s time to see a doctor. They’ll likely prescribe you some antibiotics or eye drops, either of which should get the job done. If your sty appears to be “spreading” and making the area around it red and irritated, it’s especially important that you seek medical attention. In this case, home remedies might not be effective.