Patient Comments: Sty (Stye) - Treatment


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Comment from: JTO, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

Boric acid eye wash helped with my stye. Use an eye cup. I would do it 5 to 6 times a day. The stye would disappear in just a few days. I used to get them all the time when I was in my teens and early adult years. I haven’t had one in decades. Sure as heck, after posting this, I’ll probably get a stye.

Comment from: Randy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

I routinely had sties through high school and they drove me crazy. It would start with the irritation, the swelling and so on. I went to an old family doctor for something else and as I was there he noticed the stye and said we can do something about that. He told me I have a riboflavin, B2 deficiency. I picked up some at the drug store and within a day or so, it was gone. I did not take a pill every day, but when I would start getting the symptoms, I would take a pill for a few days and no stye. I am now 65 and a couple days ago I woke up with the irritation on my right lower eye lid and sure enough, I had the small pimple thing starting. I immediately found my B2 pills and took one and after a couple days another one. As in the past, the stye did not develop and went away. It worked for me 50 years ago and this still works now.

Comment from: Ms Lowman, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 11

I have one child who's three, so when she got a sty on her in as no idea what to do I knew I didn't want her to walk around with an ugly bump on her face. The first and only thing I tried was the gold ring trick I read on this site. First I cleaned her with warm water using a soft cloth then I took my 14 carat gold wedding ring and rubbed it fast on the carpet and placed it under her eye where the sty was. I did this two or three times. The next morning her eye was huge, full of pus that had drained. I wiped it away with a soft cloth and warm water and minutes later she was back to her beautiful little self. I was so amazed it really works.

Comment from: Ken, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I have applied turmeric paste (a pinch full powder with few water drops) on stye. It will give slight burning sensation, but gets absorbed rapidly. Turmeric is a wonder herb for many problem. This may help some of you.

Comment from: Boom, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

I obtained a product called Stye, little beads in a soft pouch, which provided immediate relief for my sty.

Comment from: flyboy46, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 22

Many years ago, my girlfriend (now my wife) got a stye on her eye. She had me use her gold ring and make the sign of the cross over the stye. To my amazement the next day the stye was gone. We have used this treatment many times since then and it never fails. Yesterday our daughter called and asked, 'what is the trick to get rid of a stye,' her mom related this cure, and today she texted to say 'the stye is gone'. I have no idea why this works but it does, but only if you believe it will work.

Comment from: Em, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

Yes. The patient’s own urine put on finger, shake most off then dab directly onto the sty. It went away after two applications. You could use a cotton swab.

Comment from: Nancy DJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

Within minutes after rubbing my gold wedding ring gently on the stye, the extreme pain I was feeling (scratching my eyeball) was almost gone. The swelling is reduced (the top and bottom lids are no longer touching). I am stunned. Once an hour I put a warm washcloth on the eye and then put stye eye relief drops in my eye. I see my eye getting better already! I feel like leaving the house now to enjoy the day!

Comment from: Ahmed, Male (Patient) Published: July 11

When I was told at the hospital that I had a stye, I was told by a family friend that he would soak a rag in salt water, then put a dab of bleach on it, and while still warm hold it on shut eyelid for 5 minutes or so. Do that twice a day for 3 to 4 days and voila!

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I had a sty which hurt really bad. A friend told me to get a tea bag and dip in hot water and place over the eye for about five minutes. The thing popped and went away, I was so relieved. Now I got a new one came up last night and I"m fixing to do it again.


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Comment from: beeme, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I'm almost 40 and this is my first stye. I work in an industry where I'm very visible and my appearance is often judged. I woke up with my eye swollen shut. I couldn't get a doctor’s appointment. And thank goodness for the young lady that shared the gold ring trick. I literally took my wedding ring off, cleaned it and rubbed the stye and within seconds it began to drain! It hurt badly but it totally worked! It was a little gross too.

Comment from: Michele, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I learned this from my Mom. When a sty starts, rub a gold ring on any material until it is hot. Then rub the ring unto the sty. Do this about 3 times a day. The sty always vanishes within a day.

Comment from: Princess22, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I'm 21 years old and an Animal Science Junior at Oklahoma State University. When I was younger I remember my mom talking about getting a sty every now and again and she would always take off one of her gold (real gold) rings and rub on it. As a child I wondered does this really work, but I have had a couple of stys within the last 5 or 6 years and every time I get one I take off my 14K Gold ring and rub on it. Every time I think about it I rub that ring on it and within 2 or 3 days it's gone. I know it sounds strange but it works. My nana had one a couple months ago that had gotten really big overnight and she is allergic to antibiotics and asked me if I knew anything that might help and I told her to take off one of her gold rings and rub on it and continue to do it every time you think about it. And sure enough 2 days later it was gone. Try it out next time you have one and see for yourself.

Comment from: 55-64 Male Published: October 21

I read about sty's, there are certain stressful situations that contribute mine were related to my divorce (I guess I had an evil eye for my former partner ha ha) my grandmother was a healer that used herbs she made up a solution of raspberry leaf tea ( 1bag to 8 oz hot water) let it cool to body temperature (warm feels soothing)then put it in an eye dropper the pain was gone instantly the seed which is raspberry shape popped out a few hours later just keep dropping the tea until the sty is gone. It is the only thing non-pharmaceutical that works fast to relieve the pain and to get the sty seed out. Make certain that the tea is close to body temperature. 0

Comment from: sam, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

I heard warm tea bags work for sty.

Comment from: David, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 11

It"s a home remedy for removing sty from your eyelid, it freaked me out but it really works, Take a gold ring, rub it hard on your pants to get it warm and hot press against the sty. The chemical in the gold somehow does something to the sty on the eyelid and the next day it was gone it.

Comment from: Anna, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

My mom would always heat up salt, wrap it in a small cloth and I would have it on my sty for as long as it was warm. Salt keeps the warmth for quite a long time. I haven't tried the gold treatment, but sure will if I get it anytime soon.

Comment from: Hopenva, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I can't believe the heated gold ring actually worked! I had a stye on my bottom lid and warmed a ring and gently rubbed the stye away. I then warmed a towel with water and applied it under my eye. It was really that simple. The pain and pressure are now gone. Thank you for sharing.

Comment from: sunshine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I just got my first sty. I did not know what to do until my husband told me to rub a little Vaseline on my eyelid as he use to get them all the time as a child and that is what his mother would do. I was skeptical but decided to try it and it worked. The sty was gone the next day. My eyelid was swollen and hurt so I rubbed the Vaseline next to the eye lashes and over the eyelid and it actually worked. My husband told me it always worked for him when he was a young boy. He told me not to wait till it got really bad do it as soon as you feel like something is going on and it will take it away. So glad I listened to his advice.

Comment from: MissB, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have had several styes before, and this has worked most of the time, when the stye is caused by an infected hair follicle rather than a gland. Take a pair of tweezers and pull gently on the eyelashes along the stye area until you find the one that puts you in tears. Pluck it. It will really hurt, but I find that it helps the stye clear up much quicker. If this is not effective, the infection is probably in a gland rather than a follicle.


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Comment from: middleagemoma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

Saturate a smooth cloth in hot tap water, wring it out and apply until cool, to stye only, not around the stye or you'll cook your eye. Do it as many times as you can. Try hot water on a cotton swab but it doesn't hold heat as long. Either way, keep doing this until the stye goes away in a day or two, usually.

Comment from: Worried, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I have been to four doctors and finally I found someone that diagnosed my sty correctly. I have a sty on the inside of the corner of my eyelid. The doctor gave me Tobradex ointment. He said it if doesn't go away in one week, he will give me a shot of a steroid in my eye. If that doesn't make it go away he has to cut it out. How is that procedure done? Does it leave scarring? Will it change the look and shape of my eye?

Comment from: Jacee, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I am 11 years old and I got my first sty the other day and today I was in tears all day I ditched School and came home and cried. Later my dad took me to the hospital and they told my dad I have a sty. I got released and I haven’t had pain even though my dad won’t pick up my medicine.

Comment from: debbiedah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

My optometrist suggested I see a dermatologist for rosacea saying that a lot of her patients suffering from sty’s had rosacea. I did I started using Metrogel from the dermatologist and have been sty free for the last 5 years. It’s worth a try!

Published: April 18

This is my second time having a sty. The first was treated with droplets from doctor. I thought this time I will let it run its course, guess what folks, this thing is taking over my face. What an experience! If you must go through the beauty test get a sty. It’s important to appreciate normalcy. Remember don't sweat the small stuff and don't let the bigger ones get you down!

Comment from: Nikkilasharp, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

For my sty, I'm trying a warm washcloth compress and it is working. I am also taking Motrin and it helps with the inflammation.


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