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/… $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 30, 2014 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
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 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
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 1:57


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