The hordeolum or the sty, is an infection caused by the eyelids’ oil glands. It is actually a red and firm lump that appears on the eyelid. There are many reasons why sties can appear and they are usually caused by debris, makeup or dirt that produces bacteria and infects and blocks the oil gland. Most of the sties are triggered by the staphylococcus. This problem can also be provoked by hormonal changes, stress and poor hygiene. It can occur on the outer edge or the inner region of the eyelid. The symptoms associated with sties are sensitivity to light, pain, mucus discharge, swelling, difficulty in blinking, itching, burning sensation and tenderness. They will disappear in about 2 weeks, but you can speed up the healing process by using the following home remedies.
This traditional home remedy is beneficial in treating sties because it has anti-inflammatory qualities. The seeds will reduce the swelling, redness and pain and will cure the sties in a couple of days. Prepare a tea with water (one cup) and coriander seeds (1 teaspoon). Boil them together and then allow the solution to cool down. Use the tea to wash the affected area thrice a day. Repeat the remedy every day, until you notice any positive results.
This plant has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing properties and it is able to reduce the inflammation, swelling and redness. At the same time, it is efficient in speeding up the healing process. Extract the gel from one aloe vera leaf and rub it on the affected eyelid. Let it cure for 20 minutes and then use lukewarm water to wash the area. Use the remedy several times a day and repeat it for 5 days.
The castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. As a result, it immediately reduces the inflammation and the pain. Use baby shampoo to wash the eye area and then put a warm compress over the eyelid. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Afterwards, apply the castor oil with a cotton swab and repeat the remedy 2 times per day until you notice any improvement.
The cloves are skin irritation and pain relievers and they are some of the most useful remedies for sties. They have antibacterial qualities and they stop the spread of the infection. Soak up to 6 cloves in a cup of water and leave them there for 10 minutes. Strain the water and after that use a cloth to soak in that water and apply on the affected area. Keep it on for a couple of minutes and continues the treatment 3 times a day until you see the sties disappearing.
The turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can heal the sties. It removes the infections and reduces the inflammation. Mix water (2 cups) with turmeric (1 tablespoon) and boil them together until it is reduced to 50%. Wash the eyelid with this solution thrice a day. You can also drink a glass of warm milk with turmeric powder (1 teaspoon). Consume it every day before bedtime and continue the remedy for 7 days.