Pinkeye isn’t the only common eye infection around: styes and chalazions also take the cake.
And if you’ve ever had either one before, then you know how irritating and painful they can be.
Doctors typically recommend antibiotic ointment and drops to keep infections under control, even opting for surgery to drain these red bumps if they begin to get out of control.
While some people may require medical treatment to keep their eyes healthy, there are many home remedies that can cure your stye or chalazion without having to go to the doctor’s office.
What Causes Styes & Chalazions
Styes are small itchy bumps that appear along your lash line. They’re typically caused by bacteria or clogged oil glands and tear ducts. They tend to stay small and go away after about a month or so (1).
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On the other hand, chalazions are caused by oil glands that become clogged with makeup or dirt. The chalazion builds up slowly and becomes a large swollen bump that can lead the eyelid to swell and obstruct your vision. Other symptoms include itchiness and pain, sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurred vision (2).
What You Can Do
If you end up with an infection, abstain from using makeup or contacts until your eye is fully healed.
It’s also important to avoid touching your eye and cleaning your hands before conducting the treatments below.
1. Hot Compress
One of the best ways to drain an infected eye is by applying a warm wet compress over your closed eye for 5-10 minutes 3-6 times a day. This treatment also relieves the swelling and pain associated with the condition (3).
Honey has natural antibiotic compounds that fight the bacteria that cause styes without irritating your eyes.
Simply combine equal parts distilled warm water and raw organic honey and apply the mixture to your eye using a clean towel. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
3. Salt Water
Saline solutions are often sold in drugstores to cure eye, nose, and ear infections.
To make your own, combine a ½ tablespoon of fine grain Himalayan salt and a cup of cooled boiled water and stir.
Use the solution to rinse out your eyes 3-4 times a day.
To prevent eye infections, clear your contact lenses daily, remove all your makeup before going to bed, abstain from sharing makeup products and sanitize brushes and other tools after every use.
If you’re prone to chalazions, wear sunglasses on windy days to avoid getting dust in your eyes, avoid rubbing or touching your eyes, and use a saline solution to clean your lash line every morning and night.