This eye infection is easily treated
A Stye is an infection or small abscess around an eyelash root. (See Picture).
It is most
commonly caused by a bacteria known as
staphylococcus. Styes do not threaten your
eyesight, and their presence does not mean that you need
The first sign
may be aching, tenderness, or fullness in the eyelid,
followed in a day or so by some swelling and redness.
Later, a small bump forms on the edge of the lid.
As the bump
grows it may form a head or point in the center and
drain a little pus, which dries to form little bits of
crust on the lashes.
Styes can be
treated by warm soaks (a face flannel soaked in warm
water) on the eyelid two or three times a day. Moderate
heat hastens the healing process by increasing
circulation to the infected area.
If there is a
head on the Stye, it will usually drain by itself. Do
not squeeze on the Stye to help drain it - that risks
spreading the infection and can be dangerous.
Rarely, you will
need to have the lash pulled to help drain the pus. This
is usually not painful. Antibiotic eyedrops or ointment
may be prescribed.
treatment, do not wear eyeliner or mascara. Discard any
brushes and containers that may be contaminated with the
bacteria that caused the infection.
of Styes may require antibiotics by mouth to fight the
Styes are associated with chronic skin problems and
blepharitis (lid inflammation), you may require a
complete medical checkup and body and scalp treatment.