What exactly is a stye?

According to Medicine Net, ‘a stye is a bump that forms on or in the lower or upper eyelid as the result of a blocked gland’.


A stye may appear when a person’s gland around the eyelid area becomes blocked due to scar tissue or a foreign substance such as dust or even make-up.

Signs and symptoms

Signs that someone may have a stye include the presence of a lump on the edge of the eyelid, a swollen and puffy appearance of the eyelid, as well as redness of the skin over the sty.

The symptoms of a stye include eye pressure, sometimes pain around the stye area, and a foreign body sensation in the eye (causing a person to blink a lot). Sometimes blurred vision or a dry eye sensation is experienced.

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Are styes contagious?

No, styes are not contagious.


According to Medicine Net, most styes do not require any medical intervention. Whilst many resolve on their own, others resolve by doing a simple home treatment. This treatment involves applying a warm compress to the sty and keeping it there for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. This can be done three or four times a day.

Source: Medicine Net

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