Perhaps few know it, but those who have had it know its annoyance and inconvenience. We are talking about stye, a formation that appears on the eyelids and can temporarily affect vision, so it can negatively affect our days .
Usually, in milder cases, it goes by itself in a few days . However, there are some natural remedies that can speed up the healing process and mitigate the symptoms.
Stye: what it is
Stye is a common infection that affects the eyelid area . It appears as a bulge in the eyelid and is caused by the inflammation of the sebaceous glands placed on the eyelashes; it is manifested as a pimple, a round pimple, reddened and painful, which can also be extended to the whole line of the eyelashes.
The internal stye, on the other hand, is a real abscess that generally takes longer to heal.
It is important to immediately cure the stye, especially the internal one, by adopting the right strategies immediately after its appearance, because it can worsen and necessitate surgery to empty the cyst.
The 10 most effective remedies to cure the stye
The simple stye can heal on its own in a few days. We can also cure the stye with natural methods to facilitate and shorten the symptoms.
Here are the 10 most effective remedies to cure the stye (remember to always keep your eyes closed during applications):
1. Extra virgin olive oil : you can make compresses with cotton or gauze, several times a day. Extra virgin olive oil has been given numerous healing, anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties
2. Green tea : apply green tea wraps to the rye, or directly to the moist and warm tea bags. Leave to work for a few minutes, without rubbing. Green tea has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties
3. Hot water : a hot water pack can be useful for treating the stye because it helps reduce swelling. A piece of cloth or gauze is dipped in hot water and applied for 5-10 minutes, several times a day. Heat will help the sebaceous gland to expel too much sebum and deflate the eye
4. Aloe Vera gel : apply the aloe gel directly on the affected area, in small quantities, like a compress. You can also directly use an aloe leaf after having engraved it, applying it for a few minutes, so that the beneficial substance comes into contact with the stye. Aloe vera gel has an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect
5. Mint : take some mint leaves, wash and chop them then leave them on the eyelid for a few minutes, repeating morning and evening. The effect will be refreshing and soothing. Keep your eyes closed to avoid direct contact with the mint
6. Chamomile : you can use dried flowers or even chamomile sachets soaked after the preparation of the drink. Apply the warmed chamomile sachet on the eye: while lying down, leave for 15-20 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can buy dried flowers in herbal medicine, prepare the infusion and then with a gauze, a cotton cloth or a wad of cotton wool make compresses at least 5 minutes several times a day
7. Acacia leaves : bring a handful of acacia leaves to a boil in a saucepan with half a liter of water. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes and filter the liquid; let it cool. When the infusion is lukewarm, apply a cloth soaked in infusion on the eye. Leave for 15-20 minutes in the evening, before going to sleep
8. Turmeric : pour 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder into a saucepan, mix and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer until half the water has evaporated. Filter the liquid several times through a thin cloth, until all the turmeric grains are removed. Apply a few drops of filtered liquid on the stye a couple of times a day. Be careful to keep your eyes tightly closed: prolonged compresses with turmeric can have the yellowish color of the eye as a side effect.
9. Mallow : thanks to its mucilage rich in anti-inflammatory and emollient properties, it can be used to make a compress with both flowers and leaves.
10. Euphrasia : it can be used alone or in combination with chamomile to make warm compresses. There are also good eye drops based on these two plants that help in all cases of eye inflammation
Generally a few days are enough to make the eye regain its shape and color. However, in the most difficult cases of stye, natural remedies may not be sufficient and it is necessary to consult a doctor who can prescribe stronger and more targeted treatments.