any magical remedies for healing a sty?

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I have had a sty for almost a month. Well, it went away briefly and returned. I have thrown out my mascara (the only eye makeup I wear) and have not worn any since this began. I put warm compresses on it, tried a warm tea bag as suggested online... it won't budge. I don't have medical insurance so to pay a crazy price to get this pimpley thing off my upper eyelid... seems crazy. Anyone magically heal a sty??
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Ouch! I use to get them when I was little. They hurt like crazy, especially of the location. My mom would apply the warm compresses, but would also have me wash my eyes really good at night and in the morning. You need a very gentle shampoo like a baby shampoo (no more tears). g/l
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frx, it may not be a sty - it may be something called a chalazian, which I had once. I needed to see a doc. for that.

I'm awfully sorry you are having this problem - I hope the warm compresses help. If not, is there a free or inexpensive clinic you can go to for help?
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It took a couple of weeks, but castor oil worked for me. A stye is a bacterial infection - castor oil is an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil. I put a couple of drops on a q-tip and gently dabbed it on the stye twice a day - it doesn't hurt at all.
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frx, it may not be a sty - it may be something called a chalazian, which I had once. I needed to see a doc. for that.

I'm awfully sorry you are having this problem - I hope the warm compresses help. If not, is there a free or inexpensive clinic you can go to for help?
Originally Posted by curlypearl
I have researched both and have no idea which it is. The first swelling hurt and eventually dissipated and a few days later a little pimple looking thing showed up on the upper lid. Gross. But it doesn't hurt at all. It's just annoying, and I will not wear makeup. I hate how I look without mascara. So the warm compresses are not helping yet seems to be the remedy for both a sty and chalazian. Tomorrow I will buy some baby shampoo and see if that helps. I am trying to avoid medical help as I do not want the outrageous expense. This is the life of the unemployed.
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It took a couple of weeks, but castor oil worked for me. A stye is a bacterial infection - castor oil is an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil. I put a couple of drops on a q-tip and gently dabbed it on the stye twice a day - it doesn't hurt at all.
Originally Posted by kasden
Castor oil... interesting. I would be afraid to put it on the bump... it's on the underneath part of the upper lid. But I am getting desperate.... where does one buy castor oil?
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The stye I had was on the inside of my lower lid. I was surprised when I looked up home remedies and castor oil was a very popular remedy. I bought the castor oil at the drug store. Again...it took a couple of weeks, but it saved me a trip to the doctor.
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Then I shall be buying castor oil tomorrow. Thanks!
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I have had a sty for almost a month. Well, it went away briefly and returned. I have thrown out my mascara (the only eye makeup I wear) and have not worn any since this began. I put warm compresses on it, tried a warm tea bag as suggested online... it won't budge. I don't have medical insurance so to pay a crazy price to get this pimpley thing off my upper eyelid... seems crazy. Anyone magically heal a sty??
Originally Posted by frxncrls
There is actual ointment called sty that really helps. I got them really bad when I was younger and it went away within days
But it doesn't hurt at all.
Originally Posted by frxncrls


Styes are almost-always extremely painful. My guess would be a chalazion...a cyst. They sometimes go away on their own. If it doesn't, you'll probably need to have it removed with a minor in-office surgery. It may not be as expensive as you think. You can sometimes make a deal with a doctor to get a discount if you pay cash in full at the time of your appointment. You could call a couple of eye doctor's offices and discuss so you have an idea of how much you can expect to spend for treatment.
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But it doesn't hurt at all.
Originally Posted by frxncrls


Styes are almost-always extremely painful. My guess would be a chalazion...a cyst. They sometimes go away on their own. If it doesn't, you'll probably need to have it removed with a minor in-office surgery. It may not be as expensive as you think. You can sometimes make a deal with a doctor to get a discount if you pay cash in full at the time of your appointment. You could call a couple of eye doctor's offices and discuss so you have an idea of how much you can expect to spend for treatment.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree - I have had a lot of styes and they are always very painful. You are probably dealing with a cyst.
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I have had a sty for almost a month. Well, it went away briefly and returned. I have thrown out my mascara (the only eye makeup I wear) and have not worn any since this began. I put warm compresses on it, tried a warm tea bag as suggested online... it won't budge. I don't have medical insurance so to pay a crazy price to get this pimpley thing off my upper eyelid... seems crazy. Anyone magically heal a sty??
Originally Posted by frxncrls
There is actual ointment called sty that really helps. I got them really bad when I was younger and it went away within days
Originally Posted by laticka7

I've used that ointment before as well. That and washing with baby shampoo really helped.
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A month seems like a long time to keep having a reoccurrence.

I’m a big believer in healing with natural remedies first before dealing with a doctor’s visit. In case the remedies don’t bring full alleviation – go to a non commerlized health food store and ask the clerk there for suggestions.

And if all else fails stores like CVS have MinuteClinic’s where you are seen by a qualified nurse practitioner – office visits are about $25 and some provide the medicine needed.

Hope you heal soon.
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When I was younger I would get styes all the time. My grandmother would make a mixture that I believe was just boric acid and water. Idk about the ratios but I just did a quick Google search and there seemed to be others that used this method as well so I am sure you could find a recipe. I just don't know which ratio would work best.

Anyway, the mixture/solution was heated and pressed over the closed eyelid with cotton ball or cloth.

Hope one of the suggestions helps you. Having a stye is no fun!
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epsom salt. i keep this in my house as part of first aid and general hygiene like warm bath soaks and weekly pedicures. epsom salt draws out infection, which is why it's good for cysts, pimples, or swelling.

here's a blurb about what it can do for a stye. (by the way, i also think a month is a long time to be dealing with a stye.)

Styes are also an inflammation or an infection of the eye. Rather than affecting the interior of the eyelid, however, styes can appear wherever a hair follicle exists. Consider it the equivalent of a pimple or a cyst on or around your eye. The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center explains that although styes go away after several days, they are extremely painful. To alleviate pain, perform an eyewash with Epsom salt and hot water. Keep eyes closed while washing and rinse with cool water.


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