An external eyelid stye is a red, painful bump on the surface of the eyelid. The bump may look like a pimple and be tender to the touch. An external stye can appear anywhere on the eyelid. However, it is most likely to form near the edge of the eye, where the eyelashes meet the eyelid. The condition is more common in children. It occurs when bacteria enter and inflame the oil glands.
HOW IS EXTERNAL EYELID STYE DIAGNOSED?
A stye makes one sensitive to light and makes the eye watery and itchy. Red-coloured tender lump on the eyelid, typically along the edge of the eyelid. Eyelid is swollen and its edge is red and sore sore, accompanied with a gritty feeling in the eye
HOW IS EXTERNAL EYELID STYE TREATED?
Apply a warm compress on the stye for ten minutes four times per day. The compression and heat will assist in loosening of blockages in the oil gland and draining the stye, thus healing the condition. It the stye is large, then ophthalmologist will drain the infected fluid by a minor surgery and he will recommend an antibiotic cream for the eyelids so as to prevent stye reoccurring in future.
DID YOU KNOW?
Practicing good hygiene can help reduce the risk of getting a stye. Prevent the spread of bacteria with regular hand washing and by avoiding touching the eyes unless hands are washed with hot water and soap.