The process of removing a stye is easy. There are several ways to remove a stye so you have the luxury of choosing one that best suits you. A stye is a bacterial infections on the eyelid caused by a bacteria called staphylococcus. Styes can be a real nuisance as they are painful and irritating. Naturally, people want to learn how to remove a stye.
To remove a stye, you will need:
- Warm compress
- Tea bag
- Cotton swab
- Antibiotic ointment or cream
- Sterile water
- Eye cup
- Maintain good hygiene. Maintaining good hygiene, especially that of your hands and face will help you recover faster and prevent the spread of the bacteria causing the stye. So make sure you always wash your hands after coming into contact with your eyes. You should also wash your face regularly.
- Place a warm compress on the stye. Apply the warm compress for ten minutes, four times a day.
- Apply a warm tea bag to the stye. Tea bags can serve as a warm compress and can help remove styes because it contains tannic acid. Keep the tea bag on the stye for 10 minutes, four times a day as well.
- Rinse your eye with milk. Take a cotton swab and dip it in some milk. Gently rub it over the stye.
- Over-the-counter antibiotic ointments and creams. Over-the-counter antibiotic ointments and creams such as Neosporin can help you get rid of the stye. Some companies like Neosporin have special antibiotic stye treatments where you apply a strip that sticks to your eyelid of a certain amount of time.
Flush and rinse your eye with sterile water. Use an eye cup, fill it with sterile water and flush and rinse your eye with it.
- Visit a medical professional. If the stye remains for more than a week, seek help from a medical professional. The stye may need to be lanced to drain. Your doctor can also prescribe you antibiotics.
Tips: Never rub the stye, you can spread the infection. Avoid wearing eye makeup or contact lenses while treating a stye, these can cause discomfort. Never try to drain a stye on your own.