Last Modified on Feb 21, 2014
The treatment of sty, a painful lump that appears near the eye, involves home remedies that can relieve pain and shorten the duration of the condition. Green tea, turmeric and castor oil are three such remedies. In most cases, a sty naturally improves and disappears; however, the condition can be quite painful.
What is a Sty?
A sty is a red, painful lump that forms near the edge of the eyelid. Also called a hordeolum, a sty often looks like a small boil or pimple. These lumps are often filled with puss and typically form on the outside of the eyelid; however, the growths can form on the inner part of the eyelid as well. Several factors contribute to sties including poor hygiene, inflammation, agitation and allergies.
Home Remedies for Curing a Hordeolum
Treating a sty involves the reduction of inflammation as well as the elimination of infection causing the sty. A number of natural remedies can be used to achieve positive results including green tea, turmeric and castor oil. Another particularly effective home remedy involves rubbing the band of a gold ring on the sty for relief.
Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. The tea contains tannins that help diminish the sty. It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that contribute to healing and relief.
Turmeric is another ingredient that reduces inflammation. The curcumin found in turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that reduces inflammation in a sty. Likewise, turmeric cleanses the blood, so it also removes any infection-causing elements or allergens that may be contributing to the condition.
Castor oil is a plant-based oil that is used for treating a variety of conditions. The oil is comprised of nearly 90 percent ricinoleic acid, which serves as an anti-inflammatory. When applied to a sty, the oil removes pain and reduces inflammation effectively.
Sties are often painful and uncomfortable. Aside from the actual discomfort, sties are also a cosmetic concern for many. In any case, effective home treatment options safely and effectively reduce inflammation and infection of a sty. These options are also much less invasive than most conventional treatment methods.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 09/11/2010: Vee from Ft. Hood, Texas: "Apple Cider Vinegar cured my sty! I was taking it for another issue I was having, and soon after starting, I noticed that a sty that had been on my eyelid for over a year was getting smaller! I didn't use anything different so I am contributing this to the apple cider vinegar. Now it is completely gone and my eye isn't puffy anymore."Replies
09/15/2010: Barnyard Pixie from Denver, Colorado replies: "How did you take or apply the ACV?"
[YEA] 10/18/2011: The Wife Is Always Right!! from New York, New York : "Yup! It works. My husband used baby shampoo on a terrible Sty he had on his lower eye lid. He was skeptical, but used it in the shower and let it just naturally drip on to his eye ( while washing his hair ). Gone in two showers. Too bad he waited so long heeding my advice!! :)"Replies
[YEA] 04/06/2012: Darcie from Burlington , Vt replies: "Yes, baby shampoo is very affective at alleviating styes quickly. I tried two applications- yesterday afternoon and evening, on a under-the-lower-eyelid sty. First I used a cotton swab with a drop on the end to target the sty directly. It stung slightly and my eye teared up a bit. Before bed, I washed my afflicted eye with the baby shampoo in the shower, which seemed like the gentler and better method. This morning my sty is almost gone, along with the discomfort and swelling. Remarkable! Does anyone know why this works?"
07/22/2012: Mo from Jacksonville, Nc replies: "How exactly do you apply the shampoo... am I to, for example, dab a qtip in it and let it drip into my bottom eyelid...?"
07/22/2012: Angela from Cary, Nc replies: "No, you wash the eye thoroughly inside and out for at least two minutes. Try to do this at least three times a day. It helps believe me. It will sting a bit but the relief is worth it once you start soaping it up. Be sure to wash your hands anytime you come in contact with your eye and hot compresses are a good relief as well. Good luck!"
07/23/2012: Olglory from Amado, Az replies: "Baby shampoo for styes. When I worked as an ophthalmic tech, I saw many styes successfully treated with the use of baby shampoo. The basic technique is to use very warm compresses on the affected eye first - to open the offending glands - and then gently scrub the lashline with a clean washcloth that has been wrung out in warm water and has only a drop or two of the shampoo applied. If you can manage to use the warm compresses at least two to three times a day, that actually seems to work at least as well as the shampoo."
07/24/2012: Bunny from Ontario, Ca replies: "My husband had the beginnings of a sty a few years ago and we just took a 14 K ring cleaned it and rubbed it on the sty about 3 times a day (just wiped it across about 15 times)and it went away without getting really large. Such a simple thing to do and it saved him alot of pain."
[YEA] 09/10/2009: Bee from Mo, Usa: "I just wanted to say that the baby shampoo is working for stys. I tend to get them around my eyes, look like little whiteheads about the size of a pinhead. I have a couple now...the first one has been there a lil longer, just below my lower lash line and it's improved, but the new one that just popped up directly on the edge of my eyelid, touching the eye, is very noticeably shrunken. I think it'll be gone soon. It was irritating my eye so bad because everytime I blinked it felt like grit in my eye. But I just rubbed some baby shampoo on the spots while washing my face last nite and then rinsed with water. I would recommend it's probably best to do ASAP, probably easier to get rid of the sooner you treat it, like any other problem really."
[YEA] 12/15/2008: Moses5 from Rochester, NH, USA: "Baby shampoo will cure a sty in no time. Look closely at the infected eyelash and you will see a waxy substance at the hair line. Take a Q-tip dipped in baby shampoo and simply wipe along the infected eyelash wiping at the waxy substance. The sty will not break, but will discharge the infection back out of the eyelash. The baby shampoo will not burn your eyes and cleaning both eyelids, with shampoo and water, will make yours eyes feel great. I cannot remember where I found this remedy but wanted to share."Replies
[YEA] 04/30/2009: Lady Z from Rosharon, TX replies: "Thanks Moses5 for that remedy. It really works! Yesterday I had a sty under my right eyelid and decided to try the Baby Shampoo by dabbing some with a q-tip to the top of my eyelid as well as on the sty. I only did this twice and to my amazement, the sty was gone and I no longer had the pain that came along with it. I wish I would have taken a picture of the before and after to show others who probably won't believe me. I am hooked on this website and am telling family and friends about it so that they may find some comfort in finding easy rememdies for their ailments. Thanks Again!"
[YEA] 09/27/2010: Joanne from Battle Ground, Wa replies: "I too started getting a sty yesterday. I got on my favorite website, (earthclinic.com) and read about the baby shampoo, fortunately I had some.. I had a function to go to, my eye was hurting everytime I blinked, was red and swollen. I applied the baby shampoo with a Q-tip and almost instantly the pain went away, it stung for 15 seconds at the most. I used the baby shampoo several times yesterday and evening, before bed and this morning, it's almost gone. Who would of thot?? Love Love Love Earthclinic! :)"
[YEA] 11/03/2010: Sjaan from Slc, Ut, Usa replies: "Last night I noticed a Sty starting on the edge of my eyelid. I have been reading this site for another ailment so decided what you guys would have for a fast growing sty, this thing was getting big and painful in a hurry. I tried the baby shampoo this morning and after 3 applications within 2 hours of each other... It's gone! Thank you soooo much! I really didn't need yet another ailment on my face. (I will explain further in a comment on dermatitis and ACV... Another big hit with me. ) I so appreciate all of you."
06/30/2011: Lala from Bronx, Ny replies: "i have a question... My sty is under my upper eyelid .. So do I apply the shampoo inside the eyelid where the sty is and on top threw the outside of the eye lid?"
03/11/2012: Rebekah from Toccoa, Ga replies: "Thank you guys so much! All of you are amazing! This ailment is saving me from a lot of pain. Im so happy that this stuff works!"
[YEA] 01/17/2013: Sky from London, Uk replies: "I can't believe how this has worked so fast! I had one stye on lower lid that had kinda burst and was still quite big and painful. I also started feeling another one was growing on upper lid which was reaaally hurting. I came across this site at about 5:00pm, it is now 8:30pm and I can already blink again and the pain is pretty much nearly all gone. My eye is also looking pretty normal! I just can't believe it has worked so well! I have an interview soon and was really worried it wasnt going to clear up in time. I am so grateful for this site. Absolutely amazing!!"
[YEA] 02/27/2008: Stella from Cleveland, Ohio: "My husband had a sty eye he cut a Baked Potato in half and put it on his eye for a few minutes, did this a few times and it took the infection away. It absorbs the infection into the potato."
[YEA] 09/24/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa: "My 5 year old son had a sty on his eye over the weekend. I put a little bit of castor oil onto the swollen part of his eyelid twice a day for several days and it is about gone by now. I will treat another day or two. It took seconds to treat him and he didn't mind. I used to get styes all the time as a child and wish I had known about this. I never treated them and they always went away on their own, but it took a while and it was uncomfortable.
~Mama to Many~"
[YEA] 10/30/2012: Eunice from Nyc, Ny: "I tried the castor oil, tea bags and baby shampoo on a very big sty, and these remedies have worked wonders. First l washed the eye with baby shampoo, and amplied hot to warm chamomille and green tea bags. Then applied with a cutetip the castor oil. I have been doing this for the past three days and the inflamation is almost gone. I was looking like a monster, was really scared to the point l was ready to go the an eye doctor although l do not have insurance. Thanks for being Earth Clinic!"
[YEA] 09/26/2009: Bee from Mo, Usa: "I just wanted to share my success with using castor oil for stys. I frequently get little bumps around my eyes that look like whiteheads, had some particularly irritating ones just on the edge of the eyelid that rubbed the eye. Ouch! I tried the baby shampoo which got rid of most, but some stubborn ones remained so I tried castor oil. First of all it's very soothing and didn't bother my eyes like the shampoo, especially since it was unavoidable to get in the eye bc of location. I just used a qtip and smoothed it over both lash lines and around the eyelid and let it sit overnight. My stys cleared up around 24-48 hours. I kept at it a little longer, it feels nice and hopefully will prevent anymore."
[YEA] 12/02/2007: chd from PD: "STY - CASTER OIL REMEDY -I developed a big sty on my eye, it was in the evening and I did not have any sty medecine, I had read that caster oil would get rid of a sty so I decided to put it to the test, I put the caster oil on with a cue tip, within an hour my stye was half the size, I put some more on before I went to bed, and in the morning the sty had gone all the way down."
[YEA] 01/27/2013: Hannah from Singapore: "My 2yr old son had stye more than a month. After 2 weeks of using the anti inflamation cream prescribed by doctor, the stye was still there and got worse and bigger. So I decided to read up on which essential oil to use.
I found Copaiba essential oil to be suitable for skin and decided to apply 1 or 2 drops on the cotton bud and applied on the stye. The next day after the 1st application (at night), the stye got smaller. By the 3rd application, the stye became very small and disappearing. I was so amazed by the effectiveness and how cheap Copaiba essential oil cost, $3. 50 for 1oz."
Eye Drops Containing Boric Acid
09/19/2010: Cab from Sharon, Sc: "Sty relief.. With onset of sty irrogate eye 3 to 4 times daily with eyedrops that have boric acid in ingredients. Irrogating eye removes debris and opens ducts. I woke up on a Friday sore. Friday night worse. 2 days pain almost gone. Sty never developed and head never formed. Do everyday until redness is gone. Try it.. It worked for me. I have low immune system and it gave my eye the edge to heal itself. Of course keep hands very clean as not to reinfect or spread to other eye. I know these things hurt.. But this is the fastest and most reliable healing I have found!"
[YEA] 04/08/2010: Erin from Tuttle, Ok, Usa: "My boyfriend had a pretty nasty sty pop up so I ran to earthclinic for the cure. I was floored when I saw that a popular cure was rubbing a gold wedding band on it! The only thing I had that was gold was a tiny 14k earring. I didn't think it was large enough to work, but he was desperate so we gave it a shot. We sanitized the earring with rubbing alcohol, he rubbed it on his sty, and we went to bed. In the morning we couldn't believe his eye (ha)! The sty was completely gone. Thanks again to earthclinic and all the fine folks that post here!"Replies
06/22/2011: Remixx from Palmdale, California replies: "How many times did you rub it?"
Gold Wedding Ring Remedy for a Sty
- A Gold Ring
Another fascinatingly odd but exceedingly effective remedy! Take a gold wedding ring and rub it against the sty for about five minutes. Repeat a few times throughout the day. People report overnight cures.
[YEA] 09/29/2011: Sly from Philly, Pa : "Wonderful advice. Have to admit I did not think it would work to be honest but I figured what do I have to lose. I took off my ring cleaned it well and started to rub, did for for a hour. My eye went from being red sore and puffy to very little redness Not as sore ( can touch it now) and the puffyness is almost gone, that was for a hour of rubbing. Will keep doing. THANKS AGAIN. Great website."Replies
[YEA] 03/26/2012: Pf from Philly, Pa replies: "I thought this sounded just crazy enough to work. It did!!!! It was sore and hurt to blink. I rubbed one of my gold rings on the inside of my lower lid for a few minutes before bed. When I woke up it was almost gone! It didn't bother me much at all today, but is getting a little sore so I'm going to do it again for longer this evening."
03/27/2012: Alexandra from Cheshire, England replies: "My brother, when he was a child, used to often get an eye sty. My mother used to take off her wedding ring and give it to him to rub on the sty for a minute or two. I don't remember her ever sterilizing the ring. The sty would be gone by the next day. I think it is better if the ring has a high gold content, but I did get rid of one myself with a 9ct ring."
11/22/2012: St from Tokyo, Jp replies: "The gold wedding band cure works. I was developing a painful style where I could even feel the lump rubbing on my eye. My mother had one a while back and tried the baby shampoo and potato cures but neither worked so she had to go to the doctor and have it lanced as well as take antibotics and it took 2 months to fully heal. Therefore, I decided to try something different and went for the gold band method. I had my doubts but I since I had a ring on hand and it would be completely free to try, I thought I would try it. I cleaned my band, pulled up my eyelid (the sty was inside my eyelid), and I rubbed for about 1 minute. The sty had a puss filled yellow tip but the ring did not cause the puss to come out on my eye, thank goodness. The band felt really good and gave a lot of relief, but still I thought "this can`t work". I figured it was just the coolness of the ring that was giving relief. I had to go to a meeting so I stopped rubbing after 1 minute and left. About 2 1/2 hours later I returned home and suddenly realized my eye wasn`t hurting anymore so I checked it and it no longer had the puss tip and it had shrunk and was the color of my skin. That night I rubbed the sty a little more and woke up with no pain. A little of the sty was still there but no pain and no puss. 3 days later it was gone."
[YEA] 11/28/2012: Julia from Gonzales, California replies: "Wow! This is an amazing home remedy. I had the worst sty on my lower lid inside corner of my eye. It was very swolen and red. The whole area under my eye was also swollen and red. I rubbed a gold earing as I did not have a gold ring, for about 5 minutes and an hour later the swelling and redness is about 50% gone! As I was rubbing it, I could actually see the clear liquid draining out of the sty! Thank you!!!
PS: I washed with Green Tea afterwards and felt even more instant relief."
[YEA] 09/13/2011: Jacqui Wiskar from Qld, Australia: "Gold ring to fix stye/ sty
Suprisingly... It has worked!! Yesterday I could feel that around my tear duct, it was starting to swell and become painful. It was feeling infected, and I was worried I would get a big sty, and I attempted the tea bag method (placing a tea bag- as hot as you can possibly stand- over the area for 10mins). This morning it was not worse nor better. My mother suggested rubbing a gold ring over the area to which I laughed and rolled my eyes (painfully) thinking she was losing the plot. Desperation got the better of me and I boiled my 14ct ring for a couple mins to steralize it. Once dry and cool enough, I rubbed it gently over the affected area. Did this every half hour for 2 hrs from about 8am this morning- It is now 9:25pm and it has completely gone!!! No pain or swelling and the pain began to subside within about one hour. Im not sure why this works, but it may be due either to the slight heat applied, or due to golds antibacterial properties. Either way, as long as you thoroughly sanitize the item and rub it gently, it may work for you. It may also be dependant on the amount of gold in the item, but would stick to real gold, not plated. I was weary about putting foreign matter in my eye but as long as you don't touch your eyeball, santise it with chemicals or rub too hard, you may also be pleasantly surprised :)"
[YEA] 06/02/2010: Regulator555 from Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa: "I saw the gold wedding band cure for an eye sty here. My husband had a nasty one. So, he rubbed my 14K, white gold wedding band on the sty for 5 minutes. He said that it instantly stopped hurting. It was gone the next day. Who'd a thought!"