External Eyelid Stye is a condition in which there is a red, painful bump on the surface of the eyelid. The stye may resemble a pimple or a boil. External Eyelid Stye is usually formed when an oil gland in the eyelid gets infected. Symptoms are:
• Painful red bump formed near the edge of the eyelid
• Gritty feeling in the eye
• Tenderness in the eye
• Sensitivity to light
• Swollen eyelid
• Redness or soreness
HOW IS EXTERNAL EYELID STYE DIAGNOSED?
A general physician would examine your eyes and check for the signs along with examination of the eyes upper skin. There is no need to check the internal eyes in most cases.
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?
In rare cases, surgery is required for external removal if the problem doesn't go away after a few months.