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April 26, 2010, last updated April 24, 2012
By Katrina Devine, Contributing Columnist and Susan
Callahan, Health Editor


Have you ever had  a stye in your eye? It may rhyme but it
certainly isn’t any fun. If you’ve got a little bump on or
inside your eyelid like looks kind of like a pimple then it is
most likely a stye. What causes a stye? Are there any natural
home remedies for a stye in your eye? How do you keep a
stye from getting worse?


The medical term for a stye is a "hordeolum". "Sty" is also a
valid spelling and sometimes it is simply referred to as an
eyelid bump.


According to the National Institutes of Health, a stye is the
result of a blocked oil gland on the eyelid where it meets
your eyelashes. The cause is bacteria transferred from your
hands onto your eyes. Another common cause is eye make-
up and sharing of eye make up between friends. There are
also two types of styes-internal and external.



It is possible to get more than one stye at a time especially if
you don’t adopt proper a hygiene routine or if you try to
pop the stye.


Now that you have one of these little lumps of many names
what do you do? Below are 10 ways to remedy the stye in
your eye naturally:


























1. Washing: Since bacteria is the main cause of styes them
one of the most basic and natural ways to treat it is by
washing the area. You can use various methods depending
on what is available to you. Repeat 4 to 5 times daily.
(University of Virginia)



2. Hot compress: National Institutes of Health recommend
using a warm washcloth held against your eye without
pressure for 10 minutes 4 to 5 times per day. This will speed
up healing and encourage any puss to come out.



3. Tea bags: It’s as easy as boiling a kettle! If you are a
regular tea drinker then brew up your tea and leave the bag
to cool and then place it over your eye for about 10 minutes.
If you’re not making tea to drink for yourself then simply dip
the bag in warm water and apply. The tannic acid contained
in the tea bag helps to kill the infection. The heat will help
with the puss also.  (The Wellness Resource Center of the
University of Mary Washington)



4. Dandelion tea: A study conducted by the Faculty of
agricultural Sciences at the University of British Columbia in
2004 showed the health befits of dandelion tea. One of these
benefits is cleansing. Drinking dandelion tea while you have a
stye can help your body flush out the toxins that are present.



5. Guava leaves: A study from the Department of Biological
Sciences at Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand published
in 2010 discussed how guava leaves have an anti oxidant
effect and other benefits such as fighting bacterial infections.
You can brew the leaves into a tea and drink 2 or 3 times a
day.



6. Aloe: Aloe can help to sothe a stye. A 2003 study led by
Dr. Terence J. Ryan, DM, FRCP of Oxford Brookes University,
Oxford, UK  discussed the benefits of aloe in treatment of
wounds and sores. The aloe can be rubbed onto the stye if it
is external. Luckily many eye make-up removing wipes
contain aloe so you might not have to look too far.





7. Parsley: The University of British Columbia published a
study lead by Peter Wong in 2005 which looked at the health
benefits of parsley. It found that it could act as a mild anti
bacterial agent.  Soak parsley in hot water for 10 minutes
and then use the water to clean your eye.



8. Coriander: A study from University Antwerp, Belgium in
2003 found that coriander can help with skin irritation. If
you purchase coriander seeds from your local herbal store
then you can prepare a sort of tea by placing a teaspoon full
of the seeds in warm water and drinking it 3 or 4 times a day.



9. Cloves: the U.S National library of medicine lists cloves
uses as a pain reliever and skin irritation reliever . Soak the
clove in water and apply to the eye.



10. Potato: Here's a tip for styes from a 2009 report from
Mae Fah Luang University in China. If you mash a cooked
potato into a paste and smear it over your closed eye for as
long as is convenient or comfortable this can help reduce the
swelling. Potatoes are an emollient which helps soothe the
skin. Also you can mix it with a little olive oil to enhance the
effect.  


The most important thing to remember is to maintain good
hygiene. Always wash your hand before and after applying
anything to the stye.


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