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What is a sty?

A sty (sometimes spelled stye) is a tender, painful red bump located at the base of an eyelash or under or inside the eyelid. A sty results from a localized infection of the glands or a hair follicle of the eyelid. The medical term for a sty is hordeolum (plural, hordeola).

The term external hordeolum refers to a sty that develops at the base of an eyelash (the hair follicle), whereas the term internal hordeolum refers to a sty that develops in a meibomian gland, a gland located on the underside of the eyelid that secretes an oily substance onto the eyeball.

A sty is sometimes confused with a chalazion (see below), which is a cyst or a specific type of scarring due to chronic inflammation arising in the meibomian glands of the eyelid. A chalazion may develop when the infection of a sty persists over time, resulting in scarring around the meibomian gland. In contrast to a sty, a chalazion is usually painless.

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Comment from: dorisjp42, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I recently went to the eye doctor for a stye that has persisted since July. I think it is making me physically ill. The eye doctor said to use the compresses because this forces the white blood cells to the infected area. You must be persistent. He also prescribed a small dose of doxycycline. As painful and frustrating as they are, I have lived with them my whole life, and I'm 44 now. Ask your doctor about the right treatment. If you feel you are not getting the treatment you need, go elsewhere.

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Comment from: jessica, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I am 19 years old. I have been getting stye since I was 13 years old. I was not aware about stye but I used to wrap a boiled egg with a piece of cloth and press it in the affected area. It used to relieve my pain. Then it used to go within 3 to 4 days. It used to occur rarely, but now it occurs every few months. I did not know its causes but now I guess it was due to stress. It pops out whenever there is anything important such as during my college programs, exams or any other function. It makes me look sick and I don't feel energetic. This is my experience with stye and I hope I stop getting it again.

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