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Eye Stye

Lump on eyelid & chalazion treatment

A stye (hordeolum) is caused by an infection at the base of the eyelashes. If the stye appears on the outside of the eyelid, it is called an external stye; an internal stye appears on the inside.

The main symptom of a stye is a small and painful lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. It will not affect your vision. Other symptoms include watery or red eyes or eyelids, usually affecting just one eye although they can occur in both.

Causes

Styes are fairly common, and caused by an infection of staphylococcus (‘staph’) bacteria of one or more of the glands in the eyelids. If you have long-term inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis), you may be at higher risk.

What to do next

Styes are caused by the staph bacteria and can cause persistent re-infection. Come to see a doctor to find out about treatment options and get a proper diagnosis. You can book through our online system, or give us a call and speak to a member of our team, who will be happy to help you.

FAQ

What is a chalazion?

A chalazion sometimes develops after a stye. It is a swelling of the soft tissue, appearing on the upper or lower eyelid. There may be more than one. These nodules are painless.

I get recurrent styes. How can I prevent them?

Regular use of warm compresses can help to remove oily secretions that can build up and cause a stye. Always remove your eye make-up before bed.

Are styes contagious?

No. You cannot pass on a stye to someone else.

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