A stye is a small lump on the eyelid caused by an infection that can be painful and embarrassing.
Barley grains are very common, rarely a sign of anything more serious, and often heal on their own within a week. The infection that causes a style is often due to bacteria in an eyelash follicle or eyelid gland, but these infections are difficult to avoid.
The most effective way to prevent stye is to keep your eyes clean.
When you get an appointment with your family doctor to treat your stye, they may:
- Pop the stye open with a thin, sterilized needle
- Remove the lash closest to the stye
- Refer to an ophthalmologist in the hospital
However, if you can’t wait for an appointment, there are home remedies you can use.
How to get rid of a stye overnight
Before treating your eye, make sure you have washed your hands thoroughly to prevent more bacteria from getting into your stye.
Soak a clean cloth in warm water, then gently massage your stye to remove the infection and drain the fluid.
If that doesn’t work, use another clean cloth soaked in warm water and place it over your closed eye before trying again. This will help open up your pores and possibly your stye.
Your open, dry stye is susceptible to bacteria, so make sure you clean your eyes and face with a hypoallergenic and non-irritating laundry detergent.
You can massage and drain your stye up to four times a day with warm water. For many, however, one successful attempt may be enough and the eye will heal overnight.
Make sure to use an antibacterial eye cream or ointment, but please contact your doctor or pharmacist first.
If you have a stye, wear glasses instead of contact lenses and throw away any old eye makeup that may have caused the infection.