What causes a stye?
A stye is usually caused by an infection of the eyelash follicle by bacteria called staphylococcus aureus.
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A stye (also called an external hordeoleum) is an infection of a small gland at the base of an eyelash follicle.
The main symptom of a stye is a red, tender lump on the upper or lower eyelid. The surrounding skin may be red, tender or sore. The eye may feel like it has something in it and may be especially sensitive to light.
Most styes clear up by themselves. Regular use of warm compresses can help speed recovery. The doctor may remove the eyelash from the affected gland, prescribe antibiotics or, if necessary, surgically drain the stye. Squeezing or attempting to drain a stye by …
Most styes clear up by themselves. Regular use of warm compresses can help speed recovery.
Applying heat using a warm wet compress to the eyelid can increase blood flow to the gland, helping the body fight the infection. Placing the compress over the eyelid for 10 minutes four times a day can help speed up recovery. Making the compress …
People with blepharitis and those who are prone to styes can help to prevent them by cleaning the edge (margin) of the eyelid using eye-cleansing pads.
Some people are prone to having styes regularly. Blepharitis, a condition in which too much oil is produced by the eyelash glands, can increase the risk of developing styes.
Infections of meibomian glands (another type of small gland present on the edge of the eyelid) produce an abscess very similar to a stye, although they are technically not styes.