Dr. Ajay Mohan (AIIMS)MBBS

January 10, 2019

March 06, 2020

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What is a stye?

A stye, also called a hordeolum, is an infection that affects the eyelids. It can be on the outer or inner surface of the eyelids and affects the gland of the lids. A stye appears as a small pimple or elevation on the eyelid.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

  • A stye typically looks like a pimple near the eye.
  • It is small and red in colour. Since it has pus, it will have a small yellow centre.
  • The presence of a stye will cause pain in the region of the eye, which increases on closing and opening the eyes.
  • The eyelids appear swollen, and there may be some discharge from this swelling.
  • Eye movements are uncomfortable, the eyes water frequently, and there is a constant feeling of a foreign body in the eye.

What are the main causes?

  • A stye can be caused by a bacterial infection.
  • Risk factors include an immunocompromised state and a nutrient deficit diet.
  • Since it is an infection, it can spread through contact, sharing napkins or other accessories.
  • Poor personal hygiene is another factor that increases the risk of developing a stye.
  • Sometimes, excessively dry eyes can also trigger the infection.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

  • Diagnosing a stye is extremely simple and requires no investigative procedures.
  • A doctor will diagnose it by just looking at it under a light.
  • A stye resolves on its own in most cases, which takes a few days.
  • If it persists or is increasingly painful, the doctor will advise treatment.
  • If needed, antibiotics are given to cure the infection and eliminate the bacteria.
  • If there is a lot of pressure build-up in the stye with the accumulation of pus, a small incision is made to relieve the pressure.
  • It is advisable to maintain good personal hygiene, avoid sharing towels and refrain from touching the stye repeatedly.


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  5. healthdirect Australia. Stye. Australian government: Department of Health
  6. HealthLink BC [Internet] British Columbia; Styes and Chalazia

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Medicines for Stye

Medicines listed below are available for Stye. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

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