Also known as: hordeolum.
What is a stye?
When a person develops a painful red lump near the edge of the eyelid, this is often a stye. These often develop at the base of an eyelash, though they can also occur inside the eyelid.
What causes a stye?
Bacteria are the typical cause of styes. These can infect a hair follicle or the inside of the eyelid and lead to styes.
What are the symptoms of a stye?
Pain, redness, swelling and sore or scratchy eyes are the common symptoms of styes.
What are stye care options?
Most minor styes can be treated by pressing a warm, wet washcloth against the stye for 10 to 15 minutes a few times a day. More severe styes will require antibiotics or surgery for treatment.
Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares
This page was last updated on: September 09, 2020 11:27 AM