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Stye Disease

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Stye disease is an acute purulent inflammation caused by an infection in the hair sacs of the lashes or the fat glandule in the edges of the eyelid. Also involving into the inflammation are the surrounding connective tissue.

Hordeola, commonly known as Stye is experienced by people of all ages and gender. You might wake up one morning with a swollen, tender eyelid. In some cases the affected eye appears watery and is unsightly.

A stye resembles a small pimple on or inside your eyelid. There is no need to panic, the uncomfortable red bump on your eyelid could be a stye and they are usually not serious. Styes do not affect the eye itself, even though it might feel like something is irritating on the inside of your eye.

Any person has a likelihood of having one or two styes in their life span. Some people develop styes frequently. Recurring styes can be a warning sign of other chronic skin problems. Styes typically form on the upper eyelid but can develop on the lower eyelid as well. More often than not only a small spot of the eyelid swells, but the entire eyelid can become inflamed.

Styes are irritating and can be painful. They form as a result of a blocked gland on the eyelid, caused by a bacterial infection. Bacteria that normally live on the surface of your eyelid can block the follicle of an eyelash. Occasionally dead skin and germs get trapped on the rim of your eyelid and cause a pimple next to the eyelash. This tender red bump on or in the eyelid is actually an abscess filled with pus.

Styes should not be confused with Chalazion which normally forms in the middle of the eye. Most styes will go away without any professional treatment and complications are exceptional.

Internal styes may well disappear wholly once the inflammation past, however sometimes it could leave a little fluid-filled cyst or protuberance that can persist, which might have to be opened and drained. Styes do not have an effect on eyesight. The infection typically last for several days prior to bursting open and heals naturally without further intervention.

Wearing contact lenses may add to the discomfort of having a stye and in the event of the stye bursting, the bacteria can get trapped beneath your lens.

It is advisable to seek medical attention in cases when;

  • The stye did not clear within two weeks.
  • The swelling interferes with your vision.
  • You experience pain in your eye.

People suffering existing conditions such as long term Blepharitis, where the edges of the eyelids tent to become red, swollen and inflamed, are more likely to get a stye. Rubbing the infected eye might cause a stye to tear and worsen the infection.

Styes are not contagious and usually affect one eye but having numerous styes on an eye, or even both eyes at the same time is possible. This type of infection is not limited to the eye area. They can form inside the nose as well.

Even though styes are not contagious the bacteria causing these infections can be spread from one person to another.

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