Styes are common like pink eye, though also can be painful and very uncomfortable. If you have suddenly gotten a small, irritating bump near the edge of your eyelid, either inside or outside, it is likely from a stye. This is not a serious condition of the eye, but one that should be treated to improve your comfort. If you are getting them repeatedly, a visit to your doctor is a good idea. However, there are also natural remedies for styes, including the healing properties of aloe vera.
What is a Stye?
A stye, also called a hordeolum, is a small lump near the eyelid, either right inside or outside of it. It is not only uncomfortable and irritating, but can also be painful. Styes are usually the result of an abscess that is filled with pus. The primary cause of styes is the staphylococcal bacteria, which lives on the surface of the skin. When this bacteria combines with debris or dead cells on the skin, it can lead to the stye. Symptoms of a stye include a tender swelling bump at the edge of the eyelid that is red and warm to the touch.
About Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is known as a wonder plant that grows following cultivated, though not usually in the wild. It is a healing plant commonly used for natural remedies for everything from sunburns to infections and eye conditions like styes. Other common uses for aloe include as natural flavoring in food as approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), food supplements, cosmetics, and various herbal remedies.
Using Aloe Vera for a Stye
While there are many natural remedies available to help treat a stye, aloe vera is one of the most efficient ways to treat it. The aloe is used to soothe the area, help with the infection that caused the bump, and reduce stinging or burning of the eyelid and nearby skin. You can use just about any form of aloe vera, from using the plant’s leaves, to fresh aloe vera juice. Another option is combining fresh aloe vera juice with chamomile tea and making a compress out of it. Either way, use your aloe vera three times a day to help get rid of the painful stye.
If you have gotten multiple styes in a short period of time, even after aloe vera has helped treat it, consult your doctor. There may be a more serious issue that needs to be addressed.