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How to get rid of styes fast

Updated on March 19, 2012


Hey guys :)

In this lens, I will share with you a neat technique for getting rid of styes fast - within 1 to 3 days.

This method has worked for me and my family every single time we've used it so we can all vouch for it's effectiveness.

You can find more info about styes and how to get rid of them over at my NEW HOW TO GET RID OF A STYE BLOG.

So, read on to discover how you can get rid of your eye stye...

What are Styes?

Styes (also called hordeolums) are an infection in the eyelid caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. This bacteria usually lives harmlessly on the skin and in the nasal passages but can cause an infection if it gets to the eye, which results in a stye.

The main symptom of a stye is a small lump on the eyelid, sometimes with a yellow head and sometimes headless. This is accompanied by redness, soreness, itchiness and inflammation around the infection.

There are two varieties of styes; internal styes and external styes.

Internal styes are styes on the inside of the eyelid - you have to turn your eyelid inside-out to see it. Internal styes are usually caused by an infection of a Meibomian gland that is responsible for producing and secreting a special oil which is used for the tear film over your eye.

External styes are styes on the outside of the eyelid and can be seen by looking in a mirror. An external stye indicates an infection of an eyelash follicle (the tiny hole that eyelashes grow from), a sebaceous gland (produces an oil called sebum that lubricates the eyelash) or apocrine (moll) gland that secretes sweat.

Are Styes Contagious?

Technically, styes ARE contagious. However, in the real world, it is unlikely that you will pass the infection onto someone or that someone else will pass it on to you.

This is because it is very difficult for the bacteria to transfer from one person's eye to another persons (unless you go around rubbing eyes with people). In addition, the bacteria has to find a way under the flesh of the eyelid, whilst being bombarded by the body's natural immune system.

So if you have a stye, you don't have to lock yourself away to avoid infecting others :)

How To Get Rid of Styes

The procedure below will show you how to get rid of your stye quickly - usually within one day but no longer than 3 days in my experience. I originally published this procedure on my Curing a Stye Blog.

* Please excuse the poor quality of the images - I'm crap at art lol :)

Step 1: Have a wash
Step 1: Have a wash

How To Get Rid of Your Stye: STEP 1

Have a wash

To get rid of your stye, the first thing to do is to wash your hands and face with soap and warm water - you can also use anti-bacterial handwash if you have some available.

Soak a flannel in hot water
Soak a flannel in hot water

How To Get Rid of Your Stye: STEP 2

Flannel & hot water

Next, thoroughly soak a clean flannel or towel in hot water (water from your hot tap should be sufficient although make sure it is not scolding hot!)

Hold the flannel against your eye
Hold the flannel against your eye

How To Get Rid of Your Stye: STEP 3

Hold the flannel against your eye stye

Fold up the flannel and hold it firmly against your eye. A little pressure should be applied, but not too much. Keep it in place for around 5 minutes. This is known as a hot compress.

Repeat 4 times a day
Repeat 4 times a day

How To Get Rid of Your Stye: STEP 4

Rinse and repeat

Repeat steps 1 to 3 four times a day

Another Way to Get Rid of Styes

Another home remedy for getting rid of styes is to use gold. I've never tried this myself (as the hot compress has always worked) so if it works for you,please let me know in my guestbook below. Here's a video explaining the method:

Please let me know if this lens was useful :)

Did This Technique Get Rid of Your Stye?

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How To Get Rid of a Stye Animation

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      Lunar 2 years ago

      Omg I am so trying that!!! Thanks XD

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Pls suggest any home remedy for internal styes!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I tried the hot compress technique but unfortunately my internal stye is not going:'(......

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If doesn't work no more school

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a sty on my left eye on the lower lid near my tear duct. I hope this works! I'm excited to try this. Thank you. I hope to get back to you with the results. I will start this tomorrow as it is night and I'd rather start in the morning. Bye:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      trying it now hopefully goes before school b it does hurt

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      very helpful! styes are painful, ugh!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Haha. I love your diagrams.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens, next time I get one I will try this, thanks for sharing.

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      Ges LM 6 years ago

      @s1fizik: Yep, they're my handiwork :)

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      s1fizik 6 years ago

      Interesting... Did you make those pictures yourself? Never had a Stye before but I have swollen a part of my eye once to the point it was annoying.