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- Feb 13 2017
The formation of a pimple or boil like substance on the upper or lower eyelid is called a stye. This usually happens when an oil duct gets blocked or dead skin cells and germs get trapped, causing inflammation.
- Bacteria causes oil duct blockage. The bacteria that live on the surface are friendly but, sometimes due to certain conditions they overproduce which causes a pimple.
- Trapped dead skin cells on the edge of the eyelid.
A stye is usually easy to spot as it is a highly visible, red, swollen bump on the surface of the eyelid. Sometimes, a red painful bump can form on the underside of the eyelid known as an internal stye.
Sometimes the clogged gland never gets better forming a scar tissue and leaves behind a painless bump called a chalazion.
Both styes and chalazia are usually harmless and rarely develop into severe infections. Some styes last for a few days while others may last longer but usually, they heal on their own with time and rarely require a doctor’s intervention. Sometimes styes leave behind cysts which will require a professional’s help to cut open and drain the fluid present inside.
Use a warm compress at home about 5 times a day and let the stye burst on its own. The warm press brings relief as well by reducing the irritation and pain. However, if the pain is too much or swelling blocks your vision then its best to consult the doctor.
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