A stye in the eye is an inflammation of the eyelid accompanied by a small
pus collection caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria. It is also known
as a hordeolum. A stye in the eye is
usually not a cause for alarm and mostly clear up on its own within a week
without any medical attention. The lump is often red and painful, resembling
a boil or pimple.
While most styes grow on the outside of the eyelid, some do form on the
inside. External styes, or styes on the eyelid,
will turn yellow and ooze pus. On the other hand, internal styes, or styes
that occur within the eyelid, are more painful. A gentle warm compress
against the stye helps it to release pus and relieves pain and swelling.
A stye in the eye can
reoccur from time to time so let's find out the various stye causes, stye symptoms,
types, and treatments.
A stye in the eye will result in a painful red swelling on the eyelid,
which will cause the eye to produce tears. Styes rarely impact both eyes
at the same time. It is possible to get more than one stye in the same
eye. Stye symptoms consist of the following:
eyelid swelling and discomfort
pain when blinking
the sensation that an object is in the eye
mucus discharge from the eye
droopiness of the upper eyelid
If the stye in the eye continues
for more than a week, you can start developing vision issues, the swelling
becomes more painful, it starts bleeding, spreads to other areas of the
face, and the eyelid/eyes become red. Hence, it is important that you see
an eye doctor immediately.
A Stye in eye can
be of 2 types-
External styes are when there are styes on the eyelid or
around the rim. They can turn yellow, fill with pus, and become painful.
External stye causes can
be connected to infections with one or more of the following:
Lash follicles: The tiny holes in the skin from which eyelashes grow can
get infected and lead to a stye.
Sebaceous (Zeis) gland: This gland contains sebum and is connected to
the eyelash follicle. Sebum keeps the eyelashes lubricated and prevents
them from drying out. When the gland is clogged, it can lead to an infection,
causing a stye.
Apocrine (Moll) gland: This gland is a sweat gland that drains in the
follicle of the eyelashes. The gland can get infected due to excess sweat
or sebum, leading to a stye.
A Stye inside the eye is
called internal stye and also results in swelling. Internal styes are caused
by an infection in the meibomian gland. These glands are in charge of making
a secretion that is part of the film covering the eye.
The following factors will raise the likelihood of developing a stye in
Although a stye in the eye is
more commonly found in teenagers, it can occur at any age. To avoid cross-contamination
from stye in the eye, if
a household member has a stye, the other residents should avoid sharing
washcloths or face towels.
A stye in the eye may
also develop as a result of a complication of rosacea. This inflammatory
skin disease mainly affects the skin of the face.
A stye in the eye usually
goes away on its own in a week without any medical intervention. Do not
attempt to burst a stye on your own. A warm compress applied gently to
the eye can help alleviate stye symptoms -
you just have to hold the compress against the eye for 5 to 10 minutes.
The compress not only relieves pain but it can also allow the pus to drain
from the stye in the eye.
If the stye in the eye is
very painful, pain relievers can be beneficial.
When there is an external stye, the doctor may remove an eyelash and drain
the pus with a thin needle. A specialist should only perform this procedure.
If the stye in the eye persists,
the doctor can advise using a topical antibiotic cream, oral medication,
or antibiotic eye drops. It is recommended to avoid using an eye cream
or contact lenses until the eye has fully healed.
Why choose Centre For Sight?
The eyes are one of the most complicated sensory organs. Be it a
stye in the eyeor any other concern related to your eye, Centre For Sight will
provide you with the best care thanks to our broad eye care network, highly
trained doctors, and cutting-edge technology brought in for treatment.
Feel free to reach out to us for any concerns related to your eyes.
Article: Got a Stye in the Eye? Find out what it is!
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Apr 09 2021 | UPDATED
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private
capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.