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Stye symptoms

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Stye can cause inconvenience and if the infection is left untreated, could develop into a more serious eye problem. Stye can be diagnosed from common symptoms, with the vast majority of patients developing eyelid edema, or a lump in the upper or lower eyelid.

 

Hordeola, commonly known as stye is experienced by people of all ages and gender. Recognizing the symptoms is half the battle won. These eyelid pimples can be an annoyance. Not only because they may be tremendously irritating and tender but also because they make you look unattractive. This could be a problem for women, girls and modern men. Such an eyelid pimple, known as a stye, is an inflammation on or inside the eyelid. Generally, the infection is caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria.

There are two types of stye, external (outside the eyelid) and internal (inside the eyelid). Both might turn yellow and release pus when ruptured. Internal stye usually are more painful.

Stye typically affects one eye, and on rarer occasions both eyes can be affected with stye at the same time. These tender, red bumps often heal without any treatment, particularly after they have burst and the pus is drained.

Knowing the difference between the two types of stye would assist you in recognizing the symptoms that both present.

External Stye

External styes are usually caused by an infection of:

  • Zeis, the sebaceous gland – this gland is attached to the eyelash follicle that produce an oily sebum which lubricates the eyelash to prevent it from drying out.
  • Moll, the apocrine gland – this gland empties sweat into the eyelash follicle and protect the eye from dying out.
  • Eyelash follicle – eyelashes grows out of these tiny holes.

Internal Stye

Internal stye generally occur when:

  • Meibomian, the oil producing gland on the eyelid becomes blocked and a cyst develops.

Following the symptoms, a tiny pimple or red bump will develop in the affected area.

Symptoms

Symptoms for external stye include:

  • Tender, red bump on the edge of eyelid
  • Irritation of the eye or eyelid
  • Sometimes eyes are watery
  • Sensitive or painful when touched
  • Small part of the eyelid or even the whole eye might be swollen

Symptoms for internal stye include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Redness of the eye or eyelid
  • Pain
  • Feeling of having something inside your eye
  • Painful in some cases
  • Sensitivity to light

As the stye grows, the eyelid may swell further and become extra tender. These symptoms are frequently accompanied by pain and watery eyes. Stye generally swells for about 3 days prior to bursting and draining. The normal healing time for a stye is about a week.

See a medical professional if your vision is affected or if the stye is very painful.

It’s most likely not a stye if:

  • There is no bump – if your eye or eyelid is puffy, red and watery it’s probable conjunctivitis or blepharitis
  • The bump is solid and not exceptionally painful – it’s more likely to be a chalazion. A chalazion is typically painless, smooth and positioned in the mid-portion of the eyelid.

Should you experience symptoms of a stye, it’s advisable not to rub your eyes and be patient for a few days before visiting a GP. A stye normally heals naturally without any treatment.

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