A sty is a tiny boil or bump resembling a pimple which forms on the eyelid and can be itchy and painful. We have oil glands within our eyelid and when these glands get blocked bacteria can set in causing an infection thus resulting in a sty to appear on the eyelid.
The sty may be red, white or yellow in color and will cause the eye to swell. A sty should clear up within 4 to 5 days. If it doesn’t you should seek immediate treatment from a doctor.
Some causes for a sty are:
- Using old make up and eyeliner
- Poor hygiene
- Hormonal changes
Never rub, squeeze or break a sty since the infection can spread to other parts of the eyelid or even to the other eye.
A sty can be contagious so do not share your towel or soap with others or they may end up getting it too.
Make sure to wash your hands in case you touch the infected eye.
The following are some home remedies used to treat a sty.
Soak 1 to 2 tea bags in warm water for 1 minute. Remove and squeeze out excess water. Place the tea bag on the infected eye and leave on for 10 minutes. The tannin in the tea will help soothe the pain and bring down the swelling.
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
Mix 2 drops of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in ¼ cup warm water. Dip a Q-tip or cotton bud in the solution and gently wipe around the sty. Do this two to three times a day.
Soak a clean cloth in hot water and squeeze out the water. Place it on the infected eye. Leave on for a few minutes or until the cloth is no longer warm. Do this three to four times a day.
Grate a potato and place it on the closed infected eye. Leave on for 4 to 5 minutes. The potato will help reduce the swelling and soothe the pain.
If your baby is suffering from a sty apply a warm clean wet wash cloth on the infected area and leave on for 4 to 5 minutes. Do this when the baby is in a calm and relaxed mood such as during sleeping or at feeding time. This treatment should be done three times a day. If the sty does not clear within 3 to 4 days seek medical help.
© 2012 Suranee Perera