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What Is A Stye & How Do I Treat It?

What is a Stye?

A stye is a tender and sometimes painful red bump located at the base of an eyelash, edge of the eyelid, or on the inside of the eyelid. Styes are usually the result of a localized infection of the glands. Infections occur when the friendly bacteria that live on the surface of our skin become trapped in the gland along with dead skin cells and other debris. Styes are not contagious and therefore cannot be passed from one person to another. Styes are common and usually not something to be overly concerned about — most people have experienced a stye at least once or twice in their life.


Fortunately there are treatments and home remedies you can use to help alleviate your symptoms. Typical symptoms to watch for include painful, red, swollen bumps on the eyelids, swollen eyelids, as well as general itching, burning, and discomfort around the eyelid. Although styes will heal naturally over the course of several days to a week, they do tend to be very uncomfortable (and don’t look great), which is why you want to treat them as soon as possible.

While there are several products on the market to help treat symptoms, there is only one natural, homeopathic ointment. At The Relief Products®, we pride ourselves on creating innovative solutions for the common irritants of everyday living. Stye Relief® combines a preservative-free ointment base of mineral oil and white petrolatum (designed to stay on the localized infection) with five, 100% natural homeopathic ingredients that actively work to alleviate symptoms. While there are other OTC ointments available for the treatment of styes, there are none that contain active homeopathic ingredients. Similarly, there are homeopathic OTC eye drops available, but drops tend to be less effective as they do not stay directly on the infection. TRP has taken the usability of an ointment and combined it with homeopathic ingredients to create a gentle, yet effective medicine that our customers love!

Besides using TRP’s Stye Relief® Homeopathic Sterile Lubricating Eye Ointment, there are several other at home remedies you can use to help alleviate your symptoms. A common practice is to apply a warm compress on the stye. Take a warm, damp cloth and gently press it over the eye (You can use tea bags for this as well). Do this for 10-15 minutes, several times per day as needed. Additionally, it is good to clean your eyelid with a mild soap (try baby shampoo!) and some warm water to keep it clean. We also recommend avoiding makeup use and/or contacts during the healing process, as these products can irritate the skin around the infection. It is also recommended that you replace any makeup or contact lenses that may have come into direct contact with the stye just to be safe!

If your symptoms persist or worsen after several days, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor or physician to rule out anything more serious.

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