Most people will develop a stye, a painful, red bump on the inside or outside of the eyelid, at some point during their life. Although styes are not harmful to the eye, they can cause discomfort and interfere with vision if they are large enough. Styes develop because of staphylococcal bacteria, which are found in the nose and may occur when the bacteria are transferred to the eye. It is important to treat styes quickly not only because they can cause irritation but also because they are contagious. Here are twelve safe and simple ways to get rid of a stye.
Tea bags offer a safe and effective way to quickly eliminate styes. To use this method, simply prepare a batch of green or black tea. Wait until the tea is cool enough that it will not burn the skin but is still somewhat warm. Next, soak a washcloth in the tea and press it against the stye. Alternatively, press a soaked tea bag against the stye. Hold the soaked washcloth or tea bag against the stye for at least ten minutes. Repeat this process five times a day until the stye disappears.