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Home Remedies for a Stye

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An infection of the eyelid that can be caused by a clogged oil duct. This page is about home remedies for a stye.


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November 21, 2007

I had a really bad sty on the under portion of my eye. I did an internet search that said you needed to go to a doctor. for antibiotics. I found that by using my Neosporin (it has antibiotics in it) it healed up the sty in 3-5 days. I found relief from hot washcloths but this is the only thing that actually cured it.

By Karen from Fort Wayne, IN Editor's Note: Only the original Neosporin (with petroleum and antibiotic) should be used with this tip. It is always best to discuss medical treatments directly with your healthcare professional.

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November 28, 20040 found this helpful

My neighbors youngest son had a sty on his eye lid. A sty is a plugged-up oil gland or sweat pore on your eyelid. I remember what a doctor once recommended for my son and told them about it.

Place a compress, simply a clean cloth soaked in hot water. (Be careful and make sure it isn't too hot.) Place it over the sty and leave it there for about 10 minutes.


Do this 4 or 5 times a day. This should open the blocked gland. If it doesn't recede after 3 or 4 days, you should go see your eyecare doctor. This method worked for the youngster.

The way to prevention is good old soap and water. This will reduce chances of developing a sty.

By Gladys H.

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March 29, 2017

What works for me to reduce a stye is to apply a heat compress directly to the eye. Using a clean face cloth, wet with water. Squeeze out the excess and place the face cloth on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 20 seconds, or until wash cloth is warm.


Before applying the cloth directly onto your swollen eye, check the cloth's temperate against your palm to see if the temperate is okay. Place warm face cloth against your eye until the cloth cooled down and repeat for 5-10 minutes, until your eye feels better. Repeat the process once a couple of hours.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 11, 2007

How do you cure a stye?

Christopher from Houston, TX


By Cyndi from Ontario Canada (Guest Post)
March 12, 20070 found this helpful

Try a warm tea bag wrapped in paper towel. Works everytime!

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March 12, 20070 found this helpful

thanks,seems to be working-reducing swelling from top of eyelid to edge of eyelid. how long and how often process should be repeated?

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By (Guest Post)
March 13, 20070 found this helpful

There is medication at drug store called stye. it works great. I use it a bed time. good luck

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By Mary (Guest Post)
March 14, 20070 found this helpful

My granny always rubbed her gold wedding ring over the stye, and it worked!!!

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By Jo (Guest Post)
March 14, 20070 found this helpful

I, grew up with what they believed was a sty in my eye My family used about every thing to get rid of it, rubbing a gold wedding band over it, heat, every thing they could think of,


When I, was about 55, I decided I, HAD ENOUGH went to eye doctor, in return he sent me to a eye specialst . I, had to have tear duct surgery, as my tear duct was clogged It was done in her office, that took a few trips, did not miss any work, Am not sorry that I had it done , and have had no problems with it at all, I , am now 66 very happy that it was done check it out it might be clogged tear ducts It is not painful,

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
March 16, 20070 found this helpful

My daughter used to have stye's quite frequently. Finally, the doctor said to put a hot washcloth on her stye/eye and leave it there for 5 min. Repeat throughout the day. It was gone the next morning. My husband's theory is to 'rub the heck out of it.' Either way, they neither one have them any more.

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By Diane (Guest Post)
March 22, 20070 found this helpful

Years ago I had one and a relative told me to go to the pharmacy and get a eye cup and use warm salt water 3-4 times a day. The stye went away quickly I must admit.

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By (Guest Post)
March 30, 20070 found this helpful

I use breastmilk, since I have plenty! Or colloidal silver.

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By Denise (Guest Post)
July 24, 20070 found this helpful

I grew up in Washington and i was raised to use a warm tea bag. Its worked for my mother and her mother and me and my family its a wonderful way to cure a stye! works everytime.

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By N.E.C (Guest Post)
December 20, 20070 found this helpful

I have a hot tea bag on my eye as we speak, once it brings it to a head (which it's doing) how do I get it to break open?

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By lauren (Guest Post)
March 14, 20080 found this helpful

I always use a hot wet wash cloth. Works every time but may take a few days to clear up.


Also when the cloth gets cold, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and apply again.

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By alii (Guest Post)
March 14, 20080 found this helpful

I use makeup a lot and can't live without it but lately I've been getting styles I though it could be my eyeshadow as I put a line of it just above and below my eyelid does any1 know any eye shadows that are better for me with my eye problem? Thanx

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September 19, 2006

What is the best way to get rid of a painful swollen stye in one's eye?

Paula from Mebane, NC


September 21, 20060 found this helpful

Hello Paula,

Old Wives Remedy... and it really works!!
Warm Salt Water... I heat a cup of water in the microwave and add about 1 Tlbs of table salt. Stir and dip the corner of a clean white wash rag in the solution. With eyes closed wipe from the corner of your eye to the outside, rinse and repeat.


The salt dries the mucus. It doesn't burn your eye so don't worry :)
To keep from spreading the germs, wash your hands frequently and don't forget to wash all door handles in your house. Keep hands away from face!

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By (Guest Post)
September 21, 20060 found this helpful

I just warm up a wet face cloth (put in mic for 10 seconds or so) and hold it up to the eye. The heat allows the mucus to excape. I usually do this for 10 mins, 3 or 4 times a day.

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September 21, 20060 found this helpful

Our family has always used a warm tea bag. Just heat up a cup of water and place the tea bag in it. Then use the moist tea bag on your eye. It doen't hurt and usually it's better the next day. This has come down through the generations in our family and it works.

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By SAMMY JOE (Guest Post)
January 29, 20070 found this helpful


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By Anonymous (Guest Post)
June 12, 20080 found this helpful

I've had my stye for about 1-2 months now. It's abnormally big and won't go away. I have tried the wet face cloth, the teabag, and soaking a cotton pad in hot water. Nothing seems to work. I will try the salt thing though.

Editor's Note: Any stye that has been there for that long should be seen by a doctor. Please get it checked.

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By Brie (Guest Post)
June 14, 20080 found this helpful

I get a lot of sties very often. When I get them they get huge and wont go away. They are painful and nothing seems to work. What do I need to do to prevent them and get rid of them?

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By molly (Guest Post)
August 21, 20080 found this helpful

What's the fastest way to get rid of a sty?

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By samuel (Guest Post)
October 1, 20080 found this helpful

i get sties a lot and i am worried about it because I plan on getting contacts in a few weeks. Is this a good idea or bad?

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