Family Health: Treating Styes
A stye is an infection of the glands at the eyelash roots. It begins as a painful swelling and later fills with pus and bursts. Untreated, a stye may last for a week.
To speed it up, dip a small pad of cotton wool into boiling water and when it has cooled off a little, apply it to the eyelid, keeping it in place for ten to 15 minutes. Repeat every two or three hours. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after each treatment.
When the stye bursts, wash the area well. If it has not burst after three days, and is painful or unsightly, see your doctor.