Stye (sometimes spelled sty) is a painful red bump on the edge of your eyelid. It can look similar to an acne pimple. A stye forms when a tiny oil-producing gland in your eyelash follicle or eyelid skin becomes blocked and gets infected. The medical term for a stye is a hordeolum.
WHAT CAUSES A STYE?
A stye is caused by a bacterial infection in your eyelid’s oil-producing glands. The oil-producing glands line the eyelids and help lubricate the surface of the eye.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A STYE?
Signs and symptoms of a stye include:
▪︎A painful red bump along the eyelid edge near eyelashes.
▪︎Swelling of your eyelid (sometimes the entire eyelid).
▪︎Crusting along the eyelid.
▪︎Soreness and itching.
▪︎A feeling that there’s something in your eye.
A stye will usually go away on its own. But in cases where it doesn’t, you may need to rely on an eye care provider to drain it. They may also prescribe antibiotics to reduce the infection.
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