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Eye Stye: Cures and Causes of Styes on the Eyelid

Published: 2009-07-07 - Updated: 2020-04-23
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Synopsis: Information regarding the causes of an internal or external eye stye on the eyelid, including treatment methods on how to get rid of a stye. 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. The internal eye stye may disappear 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.


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What is an Eye 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.

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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.

Image shows an eye stye on the upper right eyelid.
Image shows an eye stye on the upper right eyelid.

Two Main Types of Eye Styles

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.

What Causes an Eye Stye?

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.

How to Get Rid of a Stye On Your Eye Lids

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