Say Goodbye to the Stye in Your Eye

What’s red, painful, and not a pleasant sight to see on your eye? A stye!

Styes signal infection on the upper or lower eyelids. They generally go away on their own within a week or so, but are often painful and, for that reason, frequently land people in the emergency room for antibiotics or other medical treatments. Here are some natural stye remedies you can try at home!

1. Bring the Heat. Apply a warm washcloth to the stye. This unclogs the glands and speeds up drainage. Soak a clean cloth in warm water and apply it to your eyelid for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day. You’ll need to repeatedly soak the cloth in warm water to maintain the temperature.

2. Try a Teabag! A warm tea bag also helps reduce swelling and speed up healing. Place the teabag in hot water for about a minute. Make sure it cools down a bit before placing it over your eye.

3. Massage! Lightly massaging the area with a warm cloth works to loosen up the blockage. Make sure you wash your hands before and after the massage.

4. Don’t Squeeze! You may be tempted to pop that stye, but resist! Squeezing could spread the infection and prolong the pain. Plus you may introduce dirt and other irritants.

5. Go Naked! Wearing makeup can delay the healing process by irritating your eyelid even more. So, embrace the natural look!

6. Kill the Contacts. At least temporarily! Bacteria from the stye can get on your contacts, spreading the infection. Stick to your glasses until the stye disappears.

If it doesn’t begin to heal with a few days, consult your doctor.

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Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.