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’.

Causes

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.

Treatment

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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