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A stye is a red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid that may look like a boil or a pimple. Sties are often filled with pus. A sty usually forms on the outside of your eyelid. But sometimes it can form on the inner part of your eyelid.In most cases, a sty will begin to disappear on its own in a couple days. 


  • A red lump on your eyelid that is similar to a boil or a pimple
  • Eyelid pain
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Tearing
  • Another condition that causes inflammation of the eyelid is a chalazion.Unlike a sty, a chalazion usually isn't painful and tends to be most prominent on the inner side of the eyelid.


A sty happens when a gland on the edge of your eyelid gets infected. The infection is most often caused by a bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.


  • Wash your hands often
  • Wash your face and eye area
  • Be careful when using and removing eye makeup
  • Regular cleaning of contact lenses

Risk Factors

  • More common in children
  • Change in power of glasses
  • Habitual rubbing of eyes
  • Diabetes


Can spread to involve whole of eyelids and even skin of cheek(cellulitis)


Mild cases can be treated at home with warm compresses. If it doesn't respond then:

  • Evacuation of pus by plucking the eyelash

Antibiotic ointment