Treat A Stye On The Eyelid: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

If you have a red “pimple” or a small bump on your eyelid, you most likely have a stye. Don’t worry, even if it can be very painful, it is often without consequences.

When you are suffering from a stye, the first thing to do is to find a treatment, natural or medicated, to relieve the symptoms and make it disappear. If you think you have a stye, you are most likely asking yourself a lot of unanswered questions.

We will tell you everything about this small but painful pimple and above all, we will give you tips and tricks to treat it!

What is a stye?

A stye also known as a hordeolum is a bacterial infection of an oil gland in the eyelid. It is most often located at the edge of the eyelid. This temporary bacterial infection is most often benign.

First you will see a red tender bump at the edge of the eyelid, around the base of an eyelash, then a small white ball filled with pus the size of a barley grain. That’s why it’s called stye.

The bacteria most often responsible is staphylococcus. Having a stye is quite common, and everyone gets one at least once in their life.

Care must be taken not to confuse a stye with a chalazion. The latter is a localized inflammation of the eyelid. The obstruction of the Meibomian glands causes it. These are about 0,5cm away from the edge of your eyelid.

They are therefore deep and produce an oily substance. A chalazion is caused by a bacterium that causes redness and swelling inside the eyelid. It has the particularity of not being painful and is usually disappearing after 4 to 8 weeks — longer than in the case of a stye.

What causes a stye

Before knowing how to treat a stye, it is interesting to know what are the causes.

Sties are small infections often caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Diabetes is often a cause mentioned when a stye appears, as well as a deficiency in your the immune system.

Wearing contact lenses with unsafe hygiene measures such as washing hands before putting them on can also be a cause. Chronic inflammation of the eye, hormonal changes and stress may also be involved.

The symptoms

You will quickly notice that you have a stye, but here are the main symptoms you will experience:

  • A burning sensation, tingling, itching, and pain in the infected area
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Discomfort and difficulty blinking
  • Swelling around the area
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent Tears
  • Skin rashes
  • A small yellowish or reddish spot
  • Secretions of the mucous membranes on the affected eye

You will certainly not experience all these symptoms at once. The most common are pain, swelling, itching and vision problems.

When should I consult a doctor?

Even if most often a stye goes away by itself or with natural treatments to relieve symptoms in particular, there are cases where it is better to consult your doctor:

  • If you feel that it’s getting worse
  • If the stye is still there after a week or two of treatment
  • If you have vision problems
  • If the pimple gets more significant and more painful
  • If the whole eyelid is red
  • If your eye turns red
  • If you get styes frequently
  • If you have excessive tears
  • If you are very sensitive to light
  • If skin rashes occurs on the extension of the eyelid

If you have any of these symptoms, we recommend that you consult a doctor to avoid complications such as repeated styling, spreading the infection to other eyelash follicles and spreading the infection to your eyelid tissues.

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Sties: what treatment?

In most cases, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic and a corticosteroid that you will apply to the area for 4 to 5 days. The doctor can also remove the infected eyelash(s).

If the stye is painful and large, your doctor may decide to pierce it sterile to empty it and eliminate the infection.

Natural treatments

In most cases, people with a stye don’t consult their doctor and prefer to treat it naturally. We will, therefore, give you some tips and tricks to relieve pain or to make your stye go away.

  • Sterile compresses and salt water

Most recommended solution when a stye appears. Boil 1 bowl of water in which you will add one teaspoon of salt. Soak a sterile compress and apply it to the stye for about ten minutes. Must be done several times a day.

  • Chamomile infusion

Make a chamomile infusion, filter it on sterile gauze. Several times a day, wash your eyelids with this infusion and keep it in the refrigerator.

  • Green clay

To get rid of a stye, green clay is a particularly effective remedy. All you need to do is apply green clay as a poultice in a compress on the stye. Make sure you keep your eyes closed.

  • Tea

Teat contains tannin which is effective to treat a stye. Simply wet a tea bag with warm water and place it on the area for about ten minutes. Must be done every day until it disappears.

  • Blueberry

Boil water and pour it into a cup. Then infuse one teaspoon of dried blueberries for 8 minutes. Filter and let it cool. Use this infusion to bathe your eyes.

  • Thyme

In a cup, pour boiling water and add two teaspoons of thyme. For about ten minutes, let it steep. Filter and let it cool. Apply a thyme infusion compress to the area several times a day.

How to avoid a stye?

To prevent a recurrence, avoid rubbing your eyes with your fingers. Also, remember to remove your make-up every night with non-irritating products. Try to change make-up products regularly.

If you wear contact lenses, make sure to have good hygiene. If you are swimming in a pool, we recommend that you wear goggles or a diving mask.

Our advice:

If you have a stye, here are some of our tips:

  • Do not touch it
  • Do not try to pierce it
  • Do not rub your eyelids or eyes
  • Wash your hands as often as possible
  • Clean your eyelid several times a day with saline solution
  • Don’t wear make-up
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses until you are cured


It is often small in size but can be very painful. The stye is not severe but very disabling and can quickly ruin our lives while it lasts.

If the pain is too severe or your eyelid is very swollen, do not hesitate to consult your doctor. If the pain is bearable, salt water compresses are often enough to treat a stye!

Treat A Stye On The Eyelid: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
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