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Eye Stye Treatments: How To Treat And Prevent Stye From Spreading

Eye stye, also known as hordeolum, is a pimple like bump that grows on the inside or outside of the eyelids.

It occurs when the oil glands in your eyelids become clogged.

Hordeolum can cause redness, pain, increases light sensitivity and usually cause excessive tearing. 

It is just a pain in the ass.

Eye stye generally heals itself over a few days.

However, due to the irritating-ness and unsightliness, most of us find the recovery time needed undesirable.

Therefore, here are some treatments for eye stye which you can adopt to speed up recovery.

It is important to note that you must not wear contact lenses and eye makeup while treating hordeolum.

They will delay the recovery process and may cause further infection.


You should never break a eye stye regardless of whether it is ‘ripe’ or not.

Inside the bump is infectious agents which can infect healthy issues around the eye and spread the infection further when they are being squeezed out. 

Eye Stye Treatment 1: Washing The Eye

Remove the crust with eye wash

If you suspect that you are having eye stye, this is the very first treatment that you should do immediately.  

Eye stye can cause crust to build up around the eyelid.

To prevent the other glands from clogging up, sanitize the infected area with baby shampoo and warm water.

Then use a clean washcloth to slowly brush away any crust that is found.  

It may take repeated washes to remove all build up.

Remember to disinfect the washcloth and your hand afterwards.

Eye Stye Treatment 2: Warm Compress

Warm Not Hot!
  • Warm compress has been used for centuries to draw out the ‘head’ of sties.
  • Firstly, soak a clean washcloth into hot water or herb tea made from green tea.
  • Make sure that the water is not too hot as the eyelid skin is very thin and sensitive. 
  • If possible, it is better for the infected person to do the hot compress on their own.
  • Lightly press a warm washcloth against your eyelid for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Keep replacing the hot compress and try this up to 5 times a day. 

If you find the replacing of the cold compress troublesome, consider using hard boiled eggs as the shell retains heat for a much longer period of time.

Wrap a towel around the hot egg and gently press it against the infected area.

Eye Stye Treatment 3: Steam Bathing

Sties can also be brought to head by steam bathing.

Simply boil some water and pour it into a cup or bottle.

Close your eye and position yourself over the cup so that the steam rises toward the hordeolum.

Eye Stye treatment: Steam Bathing

Do this for 5 to 10 minutes and up to 4 or 5 times a day. 

If you realize that there is no significant improvement after applying warm compress or steam bathing for a few days, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your eye doctor.

Eye Stye Treatment 4: Massage

Before you make any move, make sure your hand is washed and cleaned. Use a warm cloth and gently massage the affected area.

This can help to loosen up the blockage. Remember to wash your hands after the massage.

Eye Stye Treatment 5: Apply Prescribed Eye Drops

Steroid eye drops or antibiotic ointments are sometimes recommended by eye doctors to help cure the infection.

Oral antibiotics can also be prescribed especially if you are having internal hordeolum.

Your eye doctor will be able to tell which is best in your situation.

Eye Stye Treatment 6: Drainage

If a eye stye persists for several days (especially internal hordeum which might not heal and rupture on its own), an eye doctor may recommend this treatment.

The procedure includes the doctor incising and draining the infection under local anesthesia in his or her office.

How To Prevent Eye Stye From Spreading

If you or any family members are infected with eye stye, here are some suggested steps to prevent it from spreading to your other healthy eye or causing an outbreak in your home.

  • Don't touch, rub or squeeze the stye
  • Do not share your personal belongings such as towels and handkerchiefs with others
  • Wash the pillows and blankets of the infected person separately
  • Dispose of all used 'compress' in a rubbish bin, so that others do not have to handle it.
  • Disinfect your hands frequently
  • Dispose all contact lenses that was used as they may have been infected. At least clean and disinfect them thoroughly with new lens solutions.

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