Firstly, however tempting, do not pop, squeeze, or touch a stye.
A warm compress with a damp clean flannel is the most effective way to treat a stye. The warmth helps bring the pus to the surface and dissolve the pus and oil so the stye can drain naturally. Keep the compress there for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Or you can use a warm, black tea bag which has been steeped for about a minute. You can do this 3 or 4 times each day.
Keep your eyelids clean - using saline solution can help with drainage and break down bacterial membranes. Gently massage the area if it’s too painful. Avoid using makeup and wearing contact lenses. Wear glasses until the stye heals.
Recurring styes. Eye red, eye lid swollen and painful
Styes with pus. Eyes and lids red and suppurating. Boring pain in orbits. Sensitive to touch & air
Upper eyelids which stick together. Thick, bland, greenish yellow discharge. Worse for heat
Dry, scaly eyelids, stick together overnight
Pustular, suppurating styes, burning & redness. Aversion to light. Sharp pains. Worse touch, warmth
Recurrent styes and chalazae (chalazia are enlargements of an oil gland deep in the eyelid caused by an obstruction of the gland’s opening - they are inflamed but not infected) . Ulcerating but do not suppurate – remain hard / nodule. Mainly inner canthus
Styes at inner canthi. Eyes feel bruised. Headache. Burning pain, acrid lachrymation. Better open air
Check with your doctor if your stye:
is internal; gets bigger; becomes more painful; doesn’t clear up after a few days of home treatment; affects your vision.
Also see a doctor if you have recurring styes. They may be a result of an underlying condition such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis, or cellulitis.
This blog is for information purposes only. Taking responsibility for your own health does not mean abandoning good sense or standard medical care. The information provided is not to be used for diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, if you have a persistent or recurring complaint, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 111 (UK).