What is a stye?

A stye is a red, swollen lump sort like a pimple, forms on the outside edge of the eyelid, close to lashes. Eye Styes are a common condition that occurs when your eyelids have lots of tiny oil gland, dead skin, dirt, these can clog or block the gland holes, thus a stye can develop when the bacteria grow inside.  Some styes can be irritating and painful and they are of two types:

  1. External: When Styes are found in an eyelash follicle
  2. Internal: When the Styes are found in the oil glands within or beneath the eyelid.


  • Styes can be caused by inflammation or infection of the eyelash follicle or blockages caused by the oil glands.
  • The bacterium Staphylococcus is usually liable for most of the styes.


Styes usually happen only in one eye at a time, though it’s possible for both eyes to possess a stye. Early symptoms of a stye are generally mild and it may include slight discomfort or redness along the lash line. The affected eye may have the following symptoms:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Increased tear production
  • A crust that forms on the eyelid
  • Soreness and itchiness
  • A red, swollen lump on the eyelids
  • Tenderness of the eyelids
  • A gritty, scratchy sensation
  • Sensitivity to light

How do you get rid of a stye?

  • Wash your eyelids every day with clean water or with diluted baby shampoo.
  • Use an OTC eyelid wash.
  • Wash your hands before touching your contacts and also ensure to disinfect and clean your contacts as prescribed by your doctor
  • Replace your eye makeup every 2-3 months. Never share makeup with anyone else.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes if they are itchy instead wash your eyes with clean water
  • Avoid sharing towels or masks with someone who suffers from a stye.

Home Remedies:

Most styes can be treated at home easily. The following remedies will help to minimize the duration of a stye and stop recurrences:

  • Wash hands to prevent the particles from being rubbed into the eye and clogging up the glands, preventing styes from developing and reduces irritation of an existing stye.
  • Avoid squeezing and popping a stye can release the pus, thus it spreads the infection.
  • The most effective treatment and tends to be a simple warm compress. Soak a clean washcloth in warm water and apply to the affected area for up to fifteen minutes
  • Tea Bag compresses similar to the warm press. Soak a tea bag in hot water and apply it to the affected area for up to 15 minutes. Green tea could also be best because it has some antibacterial properties.
  • Makeup habits – More bacteria can also be spread into the region by makeup brushes and pencils, thus never covering a style with makeup chemicals. Wash makeup off daily to avoid the breeding of bacteria.
  • Contact lenses – Always wash hands before taking Contact lenses. Cleanse the lenses carefully before and after use to prevent the spread of bacteria to the skin around the eyes.

When to see the doctor?

Most styes are harmless and will heal within a short span of time. However, you should reach out to your doctor if your stye doesn’t show any signs of improvement after 48 hours, or if the redness and swelling extend to your entire eyelid. Contact your doctor if your stye is:

  • Internal or gets bigger and more painful
  • Doesn’t clear up after a couple of days of home treatment
  • Affects your vision

Also, see your doctor if you’ve got recurring styes. They may be a result of an underlying condition, like conjunctivitis, blepharitis, or cellulitis. To know more you can contact our hospitals to get yourself educated on Eye Stye or infection related to the eyes.

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