Jul 15, 2016
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.
Remedies for Sty
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I noticed a red rash above my eye yesterday morning and as the morning went on it got puffier & puffier (suspecting it may turn into a sty) so I put 2 Tablespoons of ACV in a cup of water and each hour bathed my eye with cotton wool and the ACV solution. It was alot bettter by nighttime. My eye was still abit puffy when I awoke this morning, so kept bathing my eye every hour for the next 5 hours and its great. Cured. Fantastic site for solutions to problems.
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.
I had a stye for a few months. Finally, I tried apple cider vinegar heated with paper towel (did not have cotton balls). I put it on for a few minutes at a time. Then when it looked like it came to a head, lid was very white. I took a white potato and cut it and put it on my lid and directly on the stye underneath the lid. My eye oozed for a few days. It worked, I was so amazed!
You have to try the combination of the apple cidar vinegar and white potato because I tried just apple cidar vinegar and it did not go away.
I have had a persistent, stubborn sty for just over a month now. I tried everything I could think of to help it and was very frustrated with the huge painful red bump on my upper eye. It was embarrassing. I wanted to share the steps I have done to try to heal this thing.
First, I removed my contacts completely and went to glasses for the last 2 weeks. My eyes are breathing better and just feel better in general.
Second, I began using warm washcloths multiple times a day and lightly massaging the sty.
Third, I have been taking echinacea capsules for 2 weeks now.
Fourth, I applied a drop or two of apple cider vinegar directly to the sty (daily).
Fifth, I washed my eyes gently with baby shampoo at least 2 times daily.
Sixth, I made sure I stayed hydrated with spring water.
Seventh, I tried to get extra rest when I could for my eyes.
I don't know exactly which one of these things specifically led to the turning point to start healing this problem, but I just wanted to share all of the things I could think of just in case someone else is just starting to tackle their sty. I think one important factor is to begin treating this immediately! Start right away with the warm washcloths on the sty. I didn't start immediately and it didn't go away on its on for me. I think the most important things are the following: warm washcloth with light massage on sty, wash the eye area with baby shampoo, don't keep touching the area. Only touch it when you are cleaning it or using a washcloth.
My sty is now going down and healing hopefully! Thank you Earth Clinic members for sharing your tips because you helped me a ton!
Hi from the UK. This site is amazing and I want to share my experience. I have always been plagued with styes and chalazions. For years I wore thick NHS glasses then I got contacts and first time ever got compliments on my eyes. Then the styes and more permanent chalazion came. I've had this particular one for about TEN years. V unsightly. I read this site and started using ACV. Then I bought baby shampoo on a whim. Can't hurt I thought. OMG. Within three days it's no longer visible. It's nearly gone. And it was quite big. I hated mostly kids commenting on it and my little nieces were due to visit which I why I wanted to be rid. Baby shampoo on a cotton pad just made it vanish. Thank you Earth Clinic. Thank you people of Earth Clinic. I salute you! Happy Christmas.
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Posted by Teresa (Austin, TX) on 08/23/2014
I happened to be looking for holistic remedies for a sty that developed overnight. I have bad allergies and this is what happens. I tried the hot compress first and then applied the baby shampoo for about 2 mins and then ran hot water for about another 2 mins and I treated both eyes because the other one did not present a sty but was just as swollen. It relieved the pain instantly with some swelling left but at least I could see now. It worked within 24hrs, it was all gone.
Posted by The Wife Is Always Right!! (New York, New York ) on 10/18/2011
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!! :)
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Posted by Bee (Mo, Usa) on 09/10/2009
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.
Posted by Moses5 (Rochester, NH, USA) on 12/15/2008
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.
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Posted by Cathy (Lakeside, US) on 08/22/2014
For over a week I tried every remedy known to man to get rid of my sty. I just had surgery on my hip, then a couple weeks out of hospital I developed a sty which made my eye terribly swollen. I was using a cane for my hip and because the sty looked so terrible I started wearing sunglasses when I went out. (All I needed was a seeing eye dog to complete the picture. ) Feeling very discouraged I prayed for a cure and heard "potato" as a divine answer. Well after trying at least 6 or 7 remedies which failed, I finally decided to listen. I cut a raw potato in half and microwave for 30 seconds. I applied it to my eye (test temperature tentatively first so you don't burn eye. ) After less than an hour my sty was 90% gone! Thank you God!
Posted by Stella (Cleveland, Ohio) on 02/27/2008
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.
Posted by Elle (United States) on 12/25/2015
Castor oil works amazing for styes. Once you feel the stye coming on, apply cold pressed castor oil with a q-tip. Apply liberally. Apply it throughout the day and night. I usually apply it 3-4 times a day and then overnight. You want to keep the oil on it at all times. Takes a few days or so and then it's gone.
Posted by Mama To Many(Tennessee, Usa) on 09/24/2013
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~
Posted by Eunice (Nyc, Ny) on 10/30/2012
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!
Posted by Oastao (Moncton, N.b.) on 10/07/2009
I have used cold pressed castor oil for a sty and it works pretty good.