Common "Stye" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


A stye is a red and painful bump caused due to bacterial infection of the oil-secreting gland of the eyelids. The other symptoms include watery eye, swollen eyelid, gritty sensation in the eye, light sensitivity, and eye pain. Warm compresses and antibiotic cream are used to treat it.

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I woke up this morning with a small yellowish pimple in my lower eyelid. How long will it last?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up this morning with a small yellowish pimple, approximately the size of a grain of salt, where my lower eyelid touches the eye. As such, it rubs against the eye, irritating it, even causing me to shed a few tears if I keep the eye open too long without scratching it. How long ...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Different types of small lesions can occur on the eyelid margin. That may be a painful swelling like stye or infected chalazion usually away from eyelid margin. In such cases, proper treatment is needed. There may be painless growths on eyelid margins like a cyst of mol...  Read Full »

My husband got a stye and a swollen eye from two days. Help.

Query: Hello doctor, My husband has got a stye and a swollen eye from two days. We have been applying a hot and cold compress on it, but it is only swelling up more. It is painful, and we want to know which medication we should go for.   Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This may be stye. I suggest you to useMoxifloxacin eye ointment two times a day for two weeks.Capsule Doxycycline 100 mg two times a day for seven days. Tablet Paracetamol 500 mg S-O-S (as and when needed) for pain (maximum two times a day).Warm compress three times ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for 5 mm internal stye?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had an internal stye in my bottom eyelid for over a year. It is about 5 mm in diameter and it is not painful but it is very noticeable. Can my GP drain it, or do I have to wait for a hospital appointment? I have done the warm compresses several times daily (not for the whole dur...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and have seen your photo attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I feel that you may be suffering from a chalazion than a stye, given that the swelling has been there for a year. Chalazia (plural of chalazion), are pain...  Read Full »

Why do I have pus-filled boils under my eyelid?

Query: Dear doctor, I had a small stiff boil in the middle of my eyelid for months. Then it disappeared and another one appeared in the outer corner of the same eye (right eye) and kept getting bigger and smaller and still has not disappeared. Then, about six months later, when I blinked it hurt, and I f...  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your history indicates recurrent inflammatory swellings of the glands of the eyelids in the form of hordeolum/stye (focal infection of the glands of the eyelid). Since these swellings are recurrent and multiple, you require evaluation to treat the underlying predisposi...  Read Full »

What can be done to prevent a stye-like boil on my son’s eyelids?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 5 years old, weight 43 lbs. He has got a stye kind of boil in his right upper and lower eyelid. Yesterday afternoon, I noticed it in the upper eyelid. I applied the paste of white clay stick and applied oil for his hair to reduce his body temperature. But now, there is another b...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, there is inflammation over eyelids (Stye) (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You can use Toba eye drop 3 to 4 times a day for five days. He can take a plain painkiller like Crocin (Paracetamol) 1.5 teaspoon thrice a day. Do not apply anything except ...  Read Full »

I have a stye with painful dry eyes. Kindly advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I have recently developed something that looks like a stye but is not where most are positioned. The stye is on the center of the eyelid just above the pupil area when the eye is closed. I was wondering how to get rid of it as it is disturbing my vision every often. The eye is dry all th...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your photo attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and understand your concerns. Since the swelling is not at the eyelid margin, it could be an internal type of the stye called hordeolum internum. A stye is expected to have sy...  Read Full »

I have a recurring stye in my left lower eyelid. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old female. I am getting a stye in the corner of my left eye, right under the lower eyelid. It is recurrent for the past six months and itchy sometimes. What would you recommend to get rid of it?   Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Recurrent stye appears due to poor lid hygiene. Kindly follow my instructions. Maintain lid hygiene. Warm compresses. Apply antibiotic ointment locally and take antibiotic tablet to prevent recurrence. You can maintain lid hygiene by cleaning lids and lashes with baby s...  Read Full »

Why do I have painful swelling in my left upper eyelid?

Query: Hello doctor, There is swelling in my left eye upper lid. There is a pain and small pimple from inside at the corner for last two days. Currently, I am using Nevanac and Pataday eye drops. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems like a mild staphylococcal infection and has caused a stye (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Apart from medicines, you can do some hot fomentation two to three times a day for relief. It is usually caused by touching of the eye with dirty hands ...  Read Full »

Does antibiotic resistance cause frequent styes in me?

Query: Hello doctor, Three weeks ago, I had an internal stye and my doctor prescribed oral antibiotics. But, in the end, it became a chalazion, plus some pus was drained. Now, the stye is coming back and it itches a lot (I can see a big white spot in my eyelid margin). It is not as bad as it was before, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhavna G.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand what you have been going through. Now, as you can see the pus point at the lid margin, it is an external hordeolum or stye. Recurrences can occur with respect to stye. The reasons being multiple. If possible, could you revert back with pictures of your ...  Read Full »

I suffer from recurring styes, which are painful. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have suffered from recurring styes since the start of the month. They will go away quickly but then come back quickly as well. Currently, the one I suffer from is pretty painful, and I have tried everything to help them. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Hussein Ayoub

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A stye usually has an exposed yellow head that secretes pus that is not clear in the picture. If you are sure that this was a stye the medication provided is not proper. You need hot foments for four days three times a day. I suggest you use Tobradex eye drops four t...  Read Full »

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