How to Cure a Stye: Easy Remedies to Do at Home

The most used home remedies to effectively treat a stye.

A stye is a red, pimple-like lump that forms on the outer edge of the eyelid. The eyelids have many tiny sebaceous glands, especially around the eyelashes.

Dead skin, dirt or oil buildup can clog or block these small holes. When a gland is blocked, bacteria can grow inside and cause a stye to develop.

Symptoms of a stye include:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Increase in the production of tears.
  • A scab that forms around the eyelid.
  • Pain and itching

If your stye is not painful, it can be a chalazion. The treatments for chalazions and styes are similar, but a chalazion may take longer to heal.

Stye remedies:

Hot wash:

  • Use a warm compress.

A warm compress is the most effective way to treat a stye. The heat helps to dissolve the pus and oil so that the stye can drain naturally.

Moisten a clean cloth with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot. Squeeze the fabric so it is moist but does not drip. Then place it gently over your eye for about 5 to 10 minutes. Do not squeeze or try to pierce the stye.

You can do this 3 to 4 times per day.

Soap and water:

  • Clean your eyelid with mild soap and water.

Choose a shampoo for babies (without eye irritation) and mix with a little warm water. Use it to gently clean the eyelids with a cotton swab or clean washcloth.

You can do this every day until the stye disappears. Cleaning the eyelids also helps prevent future styes.

Another option is to use a saline solution. It can help promote drainage and break down bacterial membranes.

Hot tea:

  • Use a hot tea bag.

Instead of using a warm cloth compress, you can use a hot tea bag. Black tea works best because it helps reduce swelling and has some antibacterial properties.

Boil water and drop the tea bag in a cup as if making tea to drink. Let the tea dissolve for about a minute.

Wait until the tea bag is cool enough to place over your eye, then keep it in your eye for about 5 to 10 minutes. Use a separate tea bag for each eye.

If there is pain:

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers.

Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve pain. Follow the package instructions to make sure you are taking the correct dose. If the stye causes severe pain and interferes with your daily activity, visit your doctor.

Al natural:

  • Avoid using makeup and contact lenses.

Avoid using makeup if you have a stye. Makeup can irritate the eye even more and delay the healing process. You can also transfer bacteria to your makeup and spread the infection to your other eye.

Wash your reusable brushes regularly. Discard any eye product that is more than three months old.

If you wear contact lenses, stay with glasses until the stye heals. The stye bacteria can reach the contacts and spread the infection.


  • Use antibiotic ointments.

You can buy over-the-counter stye ointments at your pharmacy. To use these ointments, apply about a quarter of an inch of ointment inside the eyelid.

Avoid the use of topical steroids for your stye. They can cause side effects. Make sure that any product you use is made to be used in or on the eye. In addition, there is little evidence that antibiotic drops work for external styes.


  • Massage the area to promote drainage.

You can massage the area in combination with the wet wipes to promote drainage. Massage gently with clean hands. Once the stye is drained, keep the area clean and avoid touching the eyes. Stop if the massage hurts.

Medical treatment:

  • Get medical treatment.

Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic cream for infections. For inflammation, your doctor may give you a steroid injection to reduce swelling. Sometimes, styes must be drained professionally, especially if they are internal or affect their vision.


  • Can I explode a stye?

Do not burst, squeeze or touch a stye. It may seem tempting, but squeezing it will release pus and may spread the infection. Consult a doctor, he can drain the stye in his office.