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A stye or hordeolum is a small, painful lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. It is actually an abscess filled with pus and is usually caused by a staphylococcus bacteria eye infection.

Styes are common with most people experiencing one or two of them at some stage in their life. Styes are usually visible on the surface but can appear deeper inside the eyelid.


  •  External stye(external hordeolum) –  a swelling that develops along the edge of your eyelid; it may turn into a yellow pus-filled spot that is painful to touch
  • internal stye (internal hordeolum) – a swelling that develops on the inside of your eyelid; it's usually more painful than an external stye



  • Improper or incomplete removal of eye makeup;
  • Use of outdated or infected cosmetics;
  • Poor eyelid hygiene;
  • Inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, such as blepharitis, meibomitis, and rosacea stress and hormonal changes.


  • A lump on the top or bottom eyelid
  • Localized swelling of the eyelid
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Crusting of the eyelid margins
  • Burning in the eye
  • Droopiness of the eyelid
  • Scratchy sensation on the eyeball
  • Blurred vision
  • Mucous discharge in the eye
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