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- Color: Red or skin colored
- Shape: Usually a distinct, round bump near the eyelashes. Sometimes the lid just looks swollen.
- Location: Either the front or back of the eyelid. Upper eyelid or the lower eyelid. Sometimes they are just under the surface and easily seen; Sometimes they are in the middle of the eyelid and can’t be seen, but can be felt. Most commonly, they are near the eyelashes.
- Pain: Usually a dull, uncomfortable tenderness. Sometimes painless though.
- Onset: Usually pretty quick, over the course of a couple hours or days.
- How long they last: Hopefully not very long! But the real answer is, it varies and is unpredictable. Sometimes just a few days.. sometimes for months…
- Effect on vision: A stye should not affect your vision dramatically.
- Age of the patient: Most commonly, these occur in patients less than 40 years old, but they can occur at any age.
- A Stye is the non-technical term for either a Chalazion or Hordeolum.
- A Hordeolum is a sudden onset infection or abscess.
- A Chalazion is a small area of inflammation. Usually it develops slower and lasts longer.
- Skin Cancer – can look very similar to a stye. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer that forms on the eyelid.
- Preseptal cellulitis – which is an actual infection of the skin. Typically, the whole eyelid gets red, more painful and swollen.
- Sebaceous cell Carcinoma – this is a very serious and aggressive form of cancer. We worry about this more in older patients who have recurrent Styes on one eyelid.
- Pyogenic Granuloma – this is a deep red and inflamed bump that comes after a patient had a stye.
- Other Growths – such as cysts, nevi and benign lid tumors can all look like styes.
- Most important: Keep your eyelids warm. Use a warm compress on a consistent basis. The idea being to liquefy any oily secretions within the glands. Either in the shower by placing your warm hands over your eyelids or with a warm compress.
- Eyelid Hygiene: If you have blepharitis (red, crusty eyelids) then try using Gentle Lid Scrubs.
- Flaxseed Oil: Flaxseed Oil is not only good for your skin, but also helps lessen the chance you will get as many styes in the future. Styes come from glands that make oil. When you take Flaxseed Oil on a consistent basis, the glands make less viscous oil. You can take either the pill form or the powder form.
- Manage Rosacea: Rosacea is a skin disease that causes redness of the eyelids, cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. If you have Rosacea – a dermatologist is best at helping to manage that. In turn, keeping the Rosacea under control will help prevent styes from forming.
- Make sure to clean off your eye makeup every night. Don’t share makeup with friends and throw out any old eye makeup.
- Do Not try popping it yourself.
- Do Not try tweezing it yourself.
- Do Not stick a needle in it.
- Do not rub gold on it – unless you have too much gold!
- Do Not rub salt on it.
- Do Not rub Vaseline on it.
If your eye looks like one of these photos,
you may have a stye and need to get it treated right away!