What is a stye?

Have you ever had a red, tender bump on your eyelid? Did it seem to have a white top, or look like a pimple? If so, you may have had a stye.

Also known as a hordeolum, a stye occurs when oil glands along our eyelids get clogged, then become infected. Usually staphylococcus bacteria are to blame. The bacteria replicate within the gland. This increases pressure in the gland causing pain, redness, and sometimes white discharge. If treated early, warm compresses help to unclog the gland, and the lesion resolves in a few days. If the stye persists, additional treatment is needed. Oral antibiotics, like Cephalexin or Ciprofloxacin can treat the infection, though, resolution of the lesion may take weeks. If the lesion still is bothersome, Dr. Ballitch may opt for an injection or minor surgical intervention for treatment.



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