A stye is a small bump that looks like a sore or pimple along the
eyelash edge of your eyelids. This is a common but painful infection and is
found in both babies and adults.
It’s never a good idea to pop or squeeze a pimple or stye to get rid
of it. Popping a pimple or stye can make your eyes swell or
can make it worse or can create other serious complications.
A stye can occur on your
upper and lower eyelids and
it may be on the outside or inner side of your eyelids. Usually, a stye
occurs on only one eye but in rare cases, it may be on both eyelids at the
same time.

Why you Should not Pop a Stye?

You shouldn’t pop or scratch a pimple or stye because it can
open the area causing injury or wound on the eyelids. It can create
many complications such as:
  • A bacterial infection can spread to the other parts of your
    eyelids or eyes.
  • It may cause a worse infection inside the stye.
  • It can create a pigmented scar on your eyelids.
  • It can cause scar tissue on your eyelids.
  • It can cause a hole-like scar on your eyelids.

Symptoms of a Stye

A stye may be red, yellow, white, or pus-filled on your eyelids.
Sometimes it can cause a whole eyelid swell. Other symptoms include:
  • Itchy eyes
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Eye pain
  • Pus-filled bump
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision

What are the Main Causes of a Stye?

A stye usually occurs by a bacterial infection. A
clogged oil gland causes it. There are two different types of stye
  • An external stye occurs when an infection exists inside the
    hair follicles of an eyelash.
  • An internal stye occurs when an infection exists in an oil gland
    inside the eyelid.
It can develop from natural bacteria on the skin. It can also develop
from the use of dirty makeup brushes and mascara wands. 
High cholesterol can cause a stye on your eyelids or around your
Sometimes skin cancer can create a small lump or bump on your
A chalazion also causes a bump on your eyelids but it is
Other kinds of viruses or infections can cause a stye. If you have
already a blepharitis condition, the risks of getting a stye are

Best Treatment for a Stye

A stye does not need any serious treatment because it goes away without
treatment and shrinks totally in 2 to 5 days. There are several
home remedies that are recommended by the American
Academy of Ophthalmology
Use a clean and warm compress or soak the affected area warm water.
It helps to speed up healing.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics eye drops, antibiotic eye ointment,
or oral antibiotics that you can take by mouth. There are some common
antibiotics that are prescribed commonly for a stye:
  • Neomycin ointment
  • Polymyxin ointment
  • Eye drops with active ingredient gramicidin.
  • Dicloxacillin
If your stye is worse or large your doctor may give you a
steroid injection that helps to bring down swelling.
In very rare cases for a long-lasting or serious stye you may need
surgical treatment. This procedure is done at your doctor’s clinic. If you
had a stye more than once you may need treatment for an underlying


  • Don’t touch the affected area of the eyes with your fingers.
  • Avoid wearing mascara or eye makeup.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses.
  • Toss old Makeup
  • Avoid sharing your
    makeup with
  • Carefully wash your hands and face before applying makeup or contact
  • Avoid wearing
    fake eyelashes
    or false eyelash extensions reduce the risk of stye
  • Regularly wash and clean your contact lenses if you use them
  • Remove contact lenses before going to bed for sleeping.

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Ruman Amjad

Hello, I am Dr. Ruman Amjad, an Ophthalmologist specializing in the field of eye care, particularly focused on helping individuals with swollen eyelids. I am thrilled to welcome you to Swollen-Eyelid.com, a comprehensive resource dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on eyelid inflammation.


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