Having a stye in your eye is up there on the list of the top medical minor annoyances. Not only are they annoying and unsightly, styes are painful. Styes form when a gland becomes infected on top of or inside your eyelid. They appear as small red bumps and can swell up and spread if left untreated. There’s really no point in going to the doctor for treatment of a stye; it can be dealt with just as easily in the comfort of your own. The following list details a few tips for treating a stye.
- Warm compress: For this remedy, you first need to wash your hands. Get a washcloth and soak it in warm water. Apply the cloth to the affected eye for about five minutes, or until the cloth is no longer warm. The cloth is actually helping in two ways. First, it can reduce the swelling of your eye. Second, it can open the pores up, which is where styes are positioned. If you want to expedite the healing process, you can soak the washcloth in salt water instead.
- Apply ointments: Be careful not to purchase a product that is for something other than eyes. While ointments or creams may not cure a stye, they move the process along and can ease the pain associated with a stye. You can find various eye washes and specific stye products at your local pharmacy.
- Avoid irritation: Don’t put your contacts in or apply eye makeup while you have a stye. Makeup will clog your pores further, which can cause more styes or inhibit your existing stye from healing. Additionally, don’t attempt to pop the stye like a zit. This action won’t heal it.