How to Get Rid of a Stye
When a gland on your eyelid is blocked, bacteria will grow inside and develop a stye. They can be very annoying and sort of ruin your day. 5-Minute Crafts has listed 7 things that you should take in consideration if you want to get rid of your stye quickly.
1. Clean your eyelids
Gently clean the area with mild soap and water. You can also mix tear-free baby shampoo with water and gently wipe the area with a cotton swab or a clean washcloth.
2. Use a warm compress
Wash your hands and soak a clean washcloth or compress in very warm (not hot) water. Put it over the stye and leave it for 5 to 15 minutes. Do this several times a day.
3. Use a warm teabag
Instead of a warm compress, you can also use a warm teabag. Black tea is great in helping to reduce swelling and it also has antibacterial properties. Here’s how you should use the tea bag:
- Add boiled water to a mug.
- Drop the teabag in it.
- Let the tea steep for around one minute.
- Wait until the bag cools enough to be placed over your eye.
- Keep it on your eye for around 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Massage the area
Massage the area very gently with a clean finger to try to open the clogged gland to promote drainage.
5. Avoid wearing makeup
Makeup can irritate the area more and delay the healing process. It’s also possible to transfer bacteria from your makeup and tools to the stye and spread the infection. You should avoid this at all costs.
6. Don’t use contact lenses
When you have a stye, try to use glasses instead of contact lenses. The bacteria from the stye can get onto the contacts and cause further infection.
7. Don’t pop the stye
Popping and squeezing a stye will release pus and may spread the infection. Try to avoid doing this.