If you’ve ever felt the pain of a small, pimple-like spot on your
eyelid, it was more than likely a stye.
A stye is a red, swollen and tender spot that resembles a pimple and appears
on the inside or outside of the eyelid. It occurs when the secretion glands
become infected. In most cases, only the immediate area around the infection
becomes inflamed, though it can cause swelling in the entire eyelid.
The bad news: A stye can be contagious, is often very painful and is sometimes
accompanied by watering, increased light sensitivity and the sensation
that there is something in your eye.
The good news: A stye does not typically cause vision problems and should
go away on its own (although it sometimes may need to be drained by your
What causes styes?
A stye is caused by the staphylococcal bacteria, which is found in the
nose and easily transferred to the eye. Rubbing your nose and then your
eye can spread the bacteria to your eye, resulting in infection. But the
staph bacterium isn’t the only cause of styes; improper eye hygiene
can also cause the painful red bumps on the eyelid.
How can a stye be treated?
Styes rarely require medical intervention, and most treatments can be done
at home. However, frequent stye occurrences may require professional attention
and perhaps prescription antibiotic medication. Call to schedule an appointment
today if you notice a stye or eyelid pain. Likely the doctor may just
recommend warm compresses but it should not go untreated.