Eyelid cysts are a common disorder of the eye and are medically called chalazion. Cysts are firm, soft or fluid filled which occur when eye glands get blocked and cannot produce its regular secretions. There are various causes for cysts like lack of hygiene, excessive makeup use and rubbing of eyes with dirty hands.
Besides producing a swelling on the eyelid, there are other symptoms cysts produce like eye discharge, crusting in the eye, itchiness in eye or eyelid and increase in tearing. While eyelid cysts tend to subside on its own after a few days, many people look for natural treatment for cysts.
The most effective natural treatment for eyelid cysts is to first clean the eye with water and medicated soap or a mild, medicated cleansing agent. This is to be followed with a warm compress application to the eye. Though there may be some discomfort, it eases after a while and induces faster healing of the cyst. It is better to do this 5-6 times a day for faster results.
You could also try applying a mixture of rosewater and honey directly to the eyelid cyst.
Another option is washing your eyes with cold, evaporated milk as it has a soothing effect and helps in the faster healing of the cyst.
Try applying a tea bag on the eyelid cyst for 5 – 10 minutes. Herbal tea bags are popular and better options. However if you plan to use a chilled teabag of chamomile tea, it is better to consult your doctor first.
An alternative option a tea with the eyebright herb. Let this tea cool for a while, after which you dip a cotton pad or cotton ball in it, squeeze the excess tea out and apply it to the cyst for a few minutes. However make sure that you do not rub your eyes.
Breast milk is another natural treatment for eyelid cysts. You just have to put a few drops of breast milk on the eye about 6-8 times a day. However as breast milk is not available all the time, you can use chilled evaporated milk for the same reason.
Though putting a drop of onion juice in the eye every hour may be painful, it offers a quick remedy.
If these natural treatments for eyelid cysts do not help in treating the condition, it is better to consult a doctor. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointments to treat the condition. In case of large cysts, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroid injections. Though the injection may provide a fast cure, many people avoid them as they lead to hypo-pigmentation.
Prevention is always better
Instead of using natural treatment for eyelid cysts, prevention is the best option for people who suffer from frequent eyelid cysts. A healthy diet helps in reducing the possibility of cysts developing. A diet rich in flaxseed oil or omega 3 oil, vegetable and fruits helps reduce the possibility of eyelid cysts.
Clean the glands everyday to prevent them from clogging. Then, close your eyelids and apply cotton wool that is soaked in warm water on the eyes repeatedly for a few minutes.