Styes formed in the eyes are cured by dabbing at them with lukewarm water(I saw this being done many a times as a home remedy.) At times, common salt is added to the water before dabbing. My mother says, NaCl hastens the healing process; why is it so? What does salt do to cure the styes faster? Can salt be used for treating other eruptions anywhere else?

  • $\begingroup$ Same reason as this biology.stackexchange.com/questions/189/… $\endgroup$ – Devashish Das Jul 30 '14 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ Is there no difference between the cause for sore throat and that for sty formation? I guess there is. So, I wonder how the reasons for salt healing both can exactly be the same. Anyways, thanks a lot. $\endgroup$ – Shamayeta Jul 31 '14 at 2:00
  • $\begingroup$ Stye is caused due to infection by micro-organisms. So the same theory applies. Salt water does not discriminate between organisms $\endgroup$ – One Face Feb 3 '15 at 1:57

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