Stye is a pimple or abscess that forms in either the upper or lower eyelid, an eye infection, that starts out with pain, redness, and swelling in the eyelid. It is caused by blockage of an oil duct and bacteria that normally live on the surface of the eyelid without any problems. If the stye is persistent or the infection worsen, an ophthalmic-formula antibiotic, may be prescribed. To avoid antibiotic treatment, you may want to try these natural remedies for stye infection.
An external stye starts as a pimple next to an eyelash. It turns into a red, painful bump that may last several days before it bursts and then heals. An internal stye (on the underside of the lid) also causes a red, painful bump, but its location prevents the familiar whitehead from appearing on the eyelid.
Natural remedies for stye infection
Some styes are short-lived and heal on their own, while others may require the care of your eye doctor.
Applying hot moist compress for ten minutes three or four times per day can help bring the infection to an end.
Vitamin C is an important supplement whenever any type of infection is present. When the body is fighting an infection, its vitamin-C requirements may climb to as much as five or six times higher than normal because white blood cells use up its vitamin-C stores. Take 500 to 1,000 milligrams three times a day until the infection clears.
Aloe vera stye remedy
Apply gel from a freshly cut aloe vera plant. The stye will soon dissapear.
Enhances your immune response with cat’s claw. It has antibacterial properties as well. Take 500 milligrams of standardized extract three times a day until the infection clears.
Note: Do not use cat’s claw if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you are an organ-transplant recipient. Use it with caution if you am taking an anticoagulant (blood thinner).
Echinacea and goldenseal
Has antiviral and antibacterial properties; goldenseal is antibacterial and helps soothe mucous membranes. Take one dose of an echinacea and goldenseal formula supplying 500 milligrams of echinacea and 350 milligrams of goldenseal four times daily for five days. Goldenseal fights bacteria and tones the mucous membrane. Take 250 milligrams of standardized extract three times a day.
Nutmeg for stye infection
Nutmeg has numerous health benefits. Stone ground a nutmeg with some water to make a paste. Let it dry and then apply the powder to the stye. The stye will contract and infection will disappear soon.
Oregano has antibacterial properties and helps to fight infection. Take 75 milligrams of standardized extract three times a day.
Make a herbal compress by simmering 1 teaspoon of a selected herb or herbal extract (see below) in 1 pint of water for ten minutes. Cool the infusion to a tolerable temperature, soak a clean cloth or piece of sterile cotton in it and wring the cloth or cotton out so that it isn’t dripping. Apply the warm wet compress to the stye for ten minutes four to six times a day.
The following herbs may be used:
Eyebright helps relieve redness and swelling, and helps to clear infection.
Goldenseal is antibacterial and is a good source of berberine, a potent natural antibiotic.
Oregon grape root is also a good a source of berberine.
Wash your hands before and after the treatment. If you use a cotton ball, throw it away after removing the compress; if you use cloth, wash the compress in detergent and hot water (with chlorine bleach added if possible), separately from all other laundry, before using it again. Always be very cautious when using warm liquids around your eyes. The skin of the eyelid is thin and tender and can burn easily.
The internal stye may disappear completely once the infection is past, or it may leave a small fluid-filled cyst that may have to be opened and drained with a needle to facilitate drainage. This procedure must be performed by a physician.