A stye is a small collection of pus caused by eyelid inflammation. The bacterium Staphylococcus causes most skin infections. Inflammation of the sebaceous gland is what causes a stye. It goes by many different names, including sty and hordeolum. A bacterial infection triggers an inflammatory response. Styes often heal after a week. However, the symptoms won't go away for others, and they'll need further medical attention.
A stye appears as a painful, red swelling on the eyelid, which, in turn, causes the eye to water and become red. In many cases, the lump resembles a boil or a pimple. It is quite unusual for both eyes to have styes simultaneously. In most cases, a stye will only affect one eye. However, more than one stye may form in a single eye, and even both eyes can be affected.
There may be other signs of a stye, such as:
· Blurry vision
· Discharge of mucus from eye
· Itching of eye
· Burning sensations
· Discomfort while blinking
The majority of styes occur on the skin of the eyelid, where they may become yellow and pus-filled. An internal stye is more painful than an external one because it develops within the eyelid.
In most cases, a stye may heal without any treatment at all. If the stye is painful, though, pain medication might be beneficial. Until the stye has disappeared, you shouldn't put any lotion or cosmetics on your eyes or contacts.
Styes are painful and frequent, but they're seldom serious. Stye consequences include cyst formation and infection spread. Lack of sleep or certain cosmetics may also cause styes. If a stye continues, doctors may prescribe antibiotics.