How to Get Rid of a Stye or Pink Eye

 A Stye or a Hordeolum is a pimple-like red lump that emerges on the posterior part of the eyelid. A pink eye (popularly known as conjunctivitis) shows no such bumps on or near the eyelids. A stye is caused when dirt, oil, or the dead skin around the small oil glands near the eyelids block them whereas a pink eye happens due to bacteria, viruses, or allergens. Both of these are sort of eye infections and can be easily treated in the comfort of your homes. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of a stye or pink eye.

How to know which one do you have?

Before you start the treatment, you should know whether you have a Stye or a pink eye. Here are the symptoms of both to help you tell the difference.                                                                                                                                                         

   Pink Eye


Blurred vision


 A red lump on the eyelid  

Redding of the white portion of the eye    

High sensitivity to light

Pus and tear around the eye


Increased pus and tear production



 Swelling and itching on the eyelid                                       


Get Rid of them Now!

The ways to get rid of stye and pink eye are similar yet they both have their own peculiarities. Here we discuss them in detail.

1.   Warm and Cold Compress

A warm compress for Stye and a cold one for a pink eye should be used. The warmth will exfoliate and further dissolve the pus along with the oil and will naturally break down the Stye. Do this for 5-10 minutes at least 5 times a day to get results. Use a cold compress gently on your pink eye to lower down the inflammation.

2.   Keeping Clean

Hygiene while treating any kind of infection is key. It is a must to wash your hands thoroughly in case of pink eyes if at all you need to touch the eyes. Also, use clean bedding every time to avoid the risk of reinfection. For styes, it is advisable to use soap and water to cleanse the eyelid. Note that the use of harsh or synthetic chemicals can worsen the Stye.

3.   Teabags

There are more ways to use a teabag than you might think! Make some black tea (helps with the swelling due to its antibacterial nature) and use those teabags after allowing them to cool a little bit. Apply on the eyes for 5-10 minutes twice on a daily basis to get relief from Stye.

4.   Saline Solutions

This offers a good alternative to using soap and water. Drainage and break down of the bacteria is promoted by saline solutions which clear the area of infection.

5.   Medications

Apart from the home remedies, you can also opt for medicines in case of great pain and intolerance. OTC (over-the-counter) antibiotic ointments (to be used only in case of mild Stye) and medicines are the ones to use. Meds include ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol).

What to Avoid?

Strictly avoid makeup and contact lenses during stye or pink eye. Makeup contains chemicals and bringing them anywhere near the eye is not a good idea. In the case of contact lenses, the bacteria can come into contact and further spread. Also, avoid straining your eyes and lower the screen time. Follow these limitations along with the above-mentioned remedies and see yourself get rid of a Stye or Pink Eye within no time.

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