Styes are red bumps that usually form on the outside edge of the eyelid but may also develop on the inside. They are rarely a serious medical issue but are irritating and painful. Styes form when a pore becomes clogged by dead skin cells, dirt, or build-up from oil glands around the eyelids. Blocked glands allow bacteria to grow and cause inflammation. Often, simple home treatments, keeping the area clean, and avoiding rubbing the eyes can cure styes in seven to ten days. However, styes that worsen or do not improve within three days may need antibiotic therapy.
Green tea contains natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling around the eye. It also has antimicrobial properties that can help fight infection. Brew a tea bag in water as if you were making tea. Remove the tea bag and allow it to cool. Once it is warm but no longer hot, place it over your eye for five to ten minutes. Use a new bag each time, and for each eye if styes are affecting both.
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