Examines the causes of an eye stye on the eyelid and includes instructions on how to get rid of a stye.
Hordeolum is the medical term used to describe a stye on either the upper or lower eyelid.
A stye near one or both eyes is caused by an acute infection (commonly staphylococcal bacteria) or inflammation of the secretory glands of the eyelids. Often, the lump (stye) appears with a white or yellow spot that looks much like a large hard pimple.
Eye styes often appear on one or both eyelids at the same time due to cross infection. Prevent re-infection or cross-infection (transferring the problem from one eye to the other), by not rubbing your eyes and face.
Like most infections, dead white blood cells accumulate and the resulting pus causes the swelling and subsequent pain.
An internal stye occurs on the underside of the eyelid and causes painful swelling. The internal stye may disappear completely once the infection is gone, however it can leave a small fluid filled cyst that may have to be opened and drained by a doctor.
An external stye starts off as a small pimple next to an eyelash. It then turns into a painful swelling that can last for several days. Most external styes are short-lived.
Styes and chalazia are usually harmless and rarely affect your eyeball or your eyesight. They can occur at any age and tend to periodically recur.
A stye can form due to Inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, like blepharitis, meibomitis, and rosacea.
Poor eyelid hygiene, improper removal of eye makeup, hormonal changes, and stress have also been known to cause Styes.