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A stye is bacterial infection that occurs when the oil glands in the eyelid get infected by certain bacteria.


  • Yellowish Discharge
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tender eyelids
  • Watery eyes
  • Gritty feeling in the eye
  • Eyelid pain


Some factors that increase the risk of bacteria entering the eye and causing a stye include:

  • Using contaminated eyeliner or mascara
  • Inflammation of the eyelid/Blepharitis
  • Leaving makeup on overnight
  • Touching the eyes with unwashed hands
  • Diabetes
  • Inserting contact lenses without thoroughly disinfecting them

The risk of getting a stye increases if one has had a stye before.


  • Wash your hands properly before touching your eyes
  • Take medication to relieve any allergies and itching you may have
  • Clean contact lenses properly before using them

If you do get a stye, some actions you can take in order to heal faster

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid wearing makeup till the stye is completely healed
  • Discard old eye makeup
  • Stay away from contact lenses


Most styes will resolve on their own after a few days. However, you should contact your doctor if:

  • The stye does not show signs of improvement after a few days
  • Other parts of the eye and face start to swell
  • Your vision is affected


A warm compress is the primary home remedy for a stye. This can be achieved by soaking a clean wash cloth in hot water till it is warm (It should be at a temperature that the skin can tolerate). Place the warm wash cloth over the affected eye for 10 mins. Repeat this three to four times a day.

Most styes will go away on their own in a few days, However, if a stye does not heal on its own, visit your doctor so that appropriate medication can be prescribed.

Try not to pop a stye as you can spread the infection to the rest of your eyelid.

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