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What Is A Stye?

A stye is a bacterial infection involving one or more small glands near the base of your eyelashes.

A stye is a red swollen bump near the edge of your eyelid that may look like a boil or a pimple. A stye usually forms on the outside of your eyelid, but sometimes it can start on the inner part of your eyelid. Styes are filled with pus. In most cases, it will begin to disappear on its own in a couple of days.

Styes are lumps in the skin from bacterial infections. A medical condition or practice involving touching your eyes may be a good idea. Styes are painful. Even with careful eye care, there is always the chance of it. Styes can be a result of inflammation in your eyelids that causes inflammation. They may contain debris. Often, bacteria get stuck inside and cause infections. The result is the swollen lump known as the stache.

Symptoms of Styes?

The eyelid bump or bumps become very large or painful. You have a blister on your eyelid. You have crusting or scaling of your eyelids. Your whole eyelid is red, or the eye itself is red. You are very sensitive to light or have excessive tears. Another style comes back soon after the successful treatment of a stye. Your eyelid bump bleeds.

A stye (hordeolum) is a tender red bump on the edge of the eyelid. It is an infection of a gland of the eyelid. The infection is from a bacteria called staph (Staphylococcus aureus). The most common symptoms are redness and swelling of the eyelid which appears as:

  • Painful red bump that looks like a pimple. It is often tender to the touch.
  • Eyelid pain
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Tearing
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Crusty along the eyelid.
  • Itching
  • Foreign body sensation

Symptoms The way styes develop includes A painful red bump on the eyelid. The lump gets more prominent and may develop a white center. Don’t pop the stye.

The symptoms of a stye may look like other health problems. Always see your healthcare provider to be sure.

In the meantime, you can relieve the pain or discomfort of styes by applying a warm washcloth to your eyelid..

Styes & Dry Eyes

A stye (a hordeolum) is a small, red, painful lump that grows from the base of your eyelash or under the eyelid.

Connection Between Dry Eye and Styes

The bacteria as a cause for styes is the clue! Bacteria doesn’t necessarily cause dry eyes, but it’s connected. If there is a buildup of contaminants on the eyelids, this can lead to clogged oil glands (MGD) – this is why eyelid cleaning and meibomian gland expression are common treatments for dry eye.

While dry eyes will not directly cause styes to appear, there are symptoms from other dry eye conditions that could lead to styes.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

A stye is an inflamed oil gland (Meibomian oil glands) on the edge of your eyelid, where the eyelash meets the lid.

Poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins, inflammatory health conditions like Rosacea, acne, and arthritis, as well as excessive screen time, can all lead to poor functioning oil glands in the lids.

The tears evaporate too quickly without properly functioning oil glands, and the eye’s surface becomes dry. The glands can also swell, the oils become thick and turbid, and ultimately become plugged up and infected as styes.


Blepharitis is a common type of eyelid inflammation caused by bacteria, mites, and other microbes. It is not an infection but a hypersensitivity to toxins that the microbes excrete onto the eye – this is what causes dry eye symptoms. Most commonly, it is a sign of poor hygiene. Styes form in the presence of blepharitis because the pathogenic microbes can invade the eyelid’s oil glands, resulting in an infection.


A bacterial infection causes most styes.

Touching mucus from the nose and then touching the eye can cause the spread of staphylococcal to the eyelid. These bacteria, which generally exist harmlessly on the skin of the eye, can sometimes get trapped along with dead skin cells on the edge of the eyelid. The result is a swollen, red, and painful bump that can develop in a few days.

Styes are caused by a blockage of one of the oil glands in the eyelids – this allows bacteria to grow inside the blocked gland. A stye can become a chalazion when an inflamed oil gland becomes fully blocked. Styes are like common acne pimples that occur elsewhere on the skin. You may have more than one stye at the same time. Styes most often develop over a few days. They may drain and heal on their own.

Styes are caused by bacteria infecting an eyelash follicle or eyelid gland. You’re also more likely to get a stye if you have long-term blepharitis or Rosacea.

Chalazion and Styes

Styes and chalazia are lumps in or along the edge of an eyelid. Sometimes it may take effort to distinguish between a chalazion and styes.

A chalazion occurs when a blockage in one of the small oil glands near the eyelashes. Unlike a stye, a chalazion isn’t painful and tends to be most prominent on the inner side of the eyelid.

A style is similar to another eyelid bump called a chalazion. Styes are bumps that usually occurs farther back on your eyelid. Unlike a stye, a chalazion usually isn’t painful and isn’t caused by a bacterial infection. But treatment for both conditions is similar.

Types of Styes

A stye can be on the outside (external stye) or inside (internal stye) of your eyelid.

External styes: Much more common than internal styes, most external styes start in an eyelash follicle. They are located on the outside edge of your eyelid. Occasionally, they start in an oil (sebaceous) gland.

Internal styles: Most of these begin in an oil (meibomian) gland within your eyelid tissue (meibomian gland). They push on your eye as they grow, making them more painful than external ones.

Recurring Styes

Frequent styes may indicate chronic dry eyes and certain skin conditions, including Rosacea or blepharitis. If you experience recurring styes in one or both eyes, it’s best to talk to a doctor to determine the specific cause and best course of treatment. The bottom line is that Styes develop when a clogged gland or hair follicle on the edge of your eyelid becomes infected. They’re widespread, especially in people who frequently rub their eyes or don’t clean their contacts properly

What are the risk factors for developing a stye?

Wear Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts and follow your doctor’s advice on disinfecting them.

Previous styes

You are more likely to get a stye if you: Have had one before

Styes have become quite common. Everyone receives a stye.

You’re also more likely to get a stye if you have long-term blepharitis, Rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, or diabetes. You can help avoid styles by keeping your eyes clean.

Risk factors You are at increased risk of a stye if you: Touch your eyes with unwashed hands Insert your contact lenses without thoroughly disinfecting them or washing your hands first Leave on eye makeup overnight Use old or expired cosmetics Have blepharitis, a chronic inflammation along the edge of the eyelid Have Rosacea, a skin condition characterized by facial redness Prevention.


How is a stye diagnosed? In most cases, your healthcare provider will be able to tell that you have styes by looking at it. You will not need to take any tests.

When to contact a doctor?

Contact your doctor if:

  • The stye doesn’t improve after 48 hours.
  • Redness and swelling involve the entire eyelid or extend into your cheek or other parts of your face.

The infection from one stye can sometimes spread and cause more styes. Rarely, the entire eyelid may become infected, requiring medical treatment, including antibiotics. Some people get many styles, while others get few or none.

How are Styes Treated?

Never squeeze or try to pop styes. It can spread the infection to the rest of your eyelid. Most styes go away on their own in about a week.

When the swelling is worse after a week of self-care, the pain should go away. Treatment for styes includes hot compresses, antibiotic ointments, oral antibiotics, or operating on the lump (lancing) to drain out the pus.

Styes can be painful and very irritating. Hot ‘compresses’ can help relieve the pain and may also help to get rid of the infection

Do NOT attempt to squeeze a stye or any other type of eyelid bump. Let it drain on its own.

Do NOT use contact lenses or wear eye makeup until the area has healed. For a stye, your doctor may: Prescribe antibiotic ointment Make an opening in the stye to drain it (Do NOT try this at home)

Warm Compresses

Soak a clean flannel in warm water. Hold it against your eye for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this 3 or 4 times a day. To relieve the pain, take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

A warm compress regularly may help prevent it from coming back. Manage blepharitis. If you have blepharitis, follow your doctor’s orders. Consult with TheraLife to get the protocol.

Manage Your Blepharitis and Dry Eyes

Manage blepharitis. If you have blepharitis, consult with TheraLIfe for a protocol that works.


For a stye, your doctor may: Prescribe antibiotic ointment.


Make an opening in the stye to drain it (Do NOT try this at home)

Treat Dry Eyes To Stop Styes

Inflammation from dry eyes cause blepharitis and clogged meibomian oil glands (MGD).  It is highly recommend that you treat the root cause dry eyes to get rid of blepharitis, MGD and stop stye formation.  TheraLife can help.

TheraLife Eye capsules treats dry eyes from inside out, not from the surface like eye drops.  The effect is long lasting, sustainable and works.  TheraLife also combines the benefits of Omega 3 fish oil, warm compress and Avenova eyelid cleanser to eradicate blepharitis and melt the cloggings in meibomian oil glands.  This mutipronged approach works for treating styes.

 stye Chalazion treatment

Relief Stye, chalazion and dry eyes with TheraLife.

How do I know if a style is draining?

Immediately after stying, it will drain your skin and cause you to feel swollen and painful. However, be mindful of never using the blade as an instrument. Instead, see a doctor for the necessary removal of incisions.

Home Remedies

Most styes are harmless to your eye and won’t affect your ability to see clearly. Try self-care measures first, such as applying a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid for five to 10 minutes several times a day and gently massaging the eyelid. Contact your doctor if: The style doesn’t improve after 48 hours.

How to prevent styes?

You can help avoid styles by keeping your eyes clean. Do wash your face and remove eye makeup before bed. Replace your eye makeup every six months. Keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean, especially if you have blepharitis. Keep towels or flannels private from someone who has a style. Do not rub your eyes if you have not

Do not share towels or flannels with someone who has a style, do not rub your eyes if you have not recently washed your hands, and do not put contact lenses in before washing your hands

To prevent eye infections: Wash your hands. Wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer several times daily. Keep your hands away from your eyes. Take care with cosmetics. Reduce your risk of recurrent eye infections by throwing out old cosmetics. Don’t share your cosmetics with others. Don’t wear eye makeup overnight.


  • Styes often get better on their own. However, they may return If blepharitis is present. Treat chronic dry eyes will get your better results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to get rid of a stye?

The best way to get rid of a stye is to use warm compresses. Never poop the style since this may spread the infection to other eyelids.

Are styes caused by stress?

The cause of most styes is unknown, though stress and a lack of sleep increase risk. Poor eye hygiene, not removing eye makeup, can cause a stye. Blepharitis, a chronic inflammation of the eyelids, may also put you at risk of developing a stye.

How long will a style last?

Typically a stye will last about two weeks. If it lasts longer than one month – you need to see an eye doctor for Lansing to drain the stye. Your eye doctor may also give you antibiotic ointments.

Is stye an infection?

Yes, a stye is an infection- mostly staphylococcus.

Are eye styes caused by stress?

People with Rosacea or inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, such as blepharitis or meibomitis, get more styles than others. Styes can appear without any reason, but sometimes they are caused by eye makeup, which can block the skin. They can also be caused by stress or hormonal changes.


Eye styes are a common condition usually caused by a bacterial infection in the eyelash follicle or oil gland. They are a painful, red lump that appears on the edge of the eyelid.

Although it will be tempting to cover the unsightly stye with makeup, avoid doing this. Putting makeup on a stye can delay the healing process or even cause it to become more plugged up and infected, which, in turn, will make it more painful.

Though they can be painful, most styes aren’t a cause for concern. Having a stye is usually manageable with good eyelid hygiene, and most cases will go away on their own. Neither you nor your child need to miss school or work while waiting for a stye to heal.


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