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 have had a painful stye for the past few months which has not improved yet. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,My left eye has been getting a few styes over the last year. The first one went away on its own but I have got one now and I have had it for the last few months and it has not improved no matter what I try. I have another quite large, painful one that has appeared. It has made my eye lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Based on history, I assume one is chalazion and one stye in your eyelid. For stye do warm compresses, apply an antibiotic ointment like azithromycin twice daily, and take systemic antibiotics. For chalazion do war...  Read Full »

I am a 21-year-old male with a lump on my eyelid that keeps coming back after a month. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male with a height of 5.6 feet and weight of 68 kilograms. I am getting a lump on my eyelid at least twice a year. I use Tetracycline, which usually disappears in a month but keeps coming back. How can I get rid of it once and for all? Please suggest the treatment. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Robert Hugh Shapiro

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The most likely cause of this is a blocked gland in the area where the eyelashes meet the eyelid, as this sounds like a stye. The best treatment for styes is frequent hot moist compresses, which help release the gland's blockage. Also, drinking at least five to six g...  Read Full »

Am I getting frequent stye because of antibiotic resistance?

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 ey...  Read Full »

I have had a stye in my eyes for the past few days and it is not resolving with warm water rinses. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a stye in my eyes for the past few days. However, it did not resolve by using warm water. Can you suggest me a treatment for that? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below, 1. Do warm compresses instead of warm water. Take a clean cloth, dip it in bearable water and keep it on your closed eyelid for about ten minutes, thrice a...  Read Full »

Why am I having a painful swelling in my 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 or...  Read Full »

I have had eye swelling from the past four days. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had eye swelling from the past four days, and since yesterday morning, the swelling has worsened. I have applied hot compresses on it, and I feel something inside in the corner. I had a similar condition last year, which was due to a bacterial infection. What is causing this? A ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It could be stye (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) that has spread a bit owing to cellulitis. I would suggest the following: Tablet Amoxclav (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) 625 mg thrice daily for ...  Read Full »

I have suffered from a painful style on my left eye for the last two days. How do I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from stye on my left eye for the last two days. And it is very painful. What to do?Please give your suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you to follow the instructions mentioned below, 1. Take a tablet of Amoxiclav (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid) 625 mg three times a day for the next three days after meals (please ensure that you do no...  Read Full »

I have had a stye for a week with an itching sensation and eye dryness. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a stye for a week, and it started healing, but then my eye became itchy, and now I have a stye in my other eye. I am a contact lens wearer, and I wear my contact lens almost daily. Right now, I am cleaning my eyes daily with physiological serum or Boric acid drops, applyin...  Read Full »

Dr. Gopal R. Damani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the photos you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), and they do not appear to be stye. These are the blocked opening of the meibomian glands. This blockage is the reason for your dry eyes. Meibomian glands are present...  Read Full »

What home remedy can I use to eliminate the stye inside my eyelid?

Query: Hello doctor, What homemade remedy can I use to eliminate a stye inside the eyelid? It gets swollen every time I wake up. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Kumar Agrawal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. If it is a stye, the best homemade remedy is a warm compress. Mix about two tablespoons of salt in a glass of water and heat it. Now with a clean cloth or cotton, you should warm compress your eyes. Do it seven to eight times daily for 10 ...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest to me ways to get rid of a stye?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to bed about a week ago and woke up and saw that I developed some type of a stye in the eye. But I am not very sure. I do not know what it is. It is still about the same size. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have not mentioned the site of the lesion. Probably it is present on the inner side of the eyelid. And based on your details, the Differential diagnosis are: Stye. Chalazion. Nonspecific blepharitis. Stye:- So basically, it could be a superficial bacterial infect...  Read Full »

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