A stye, also called hordeolum is a pimple-like bump that usually occurs on the edge of only one eyelid. Symptoms of styes include swelling, pain, soreness and a feeling like there is something in the affected eye. A stye may also be itchy, cause a light sensitivity and increased production of tears. If you look closely, you may see a yellowish spot in the center of the stye 1.
Styes develop in a similar way as pimples. The eyelids have tiny oil glands similar to those in the scalp. A stye develops when one of these glands is inflamed, clogged or infected. Styes are a minor medical condition which you can treat using common home remedies.
Stye Home Remedy #1: Teabag
Tea contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties which make it a great home remedy for inflammation. Tea also has antibacterial properties. You can use tea to reduce the inflammation in the eyelid and thereby provide relief from eye styes.
Put a teabag in a cup and pour hot water onto it. Let it steep and cool to a comfortable temperature before removing the teabag. Let most of the liquid to drip from the teabag before placing it on your shut eye. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes. Discard the teabag and wipe your eyelids with a clean towel. Alternatively, use a teabag from your cup of tea.
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