What is Stye?

An external stye or styes , also hordeolum , is an infection of the sebaceous glands of Zeis at the base of the eyelashes, or an infection of the apocrine sweat glands of Moll. External styes form on the outside of the lids and can be seen as small red bumps. Internal styes are infections of the meibomian sebaceous glands lining the inside of the eyelids. They also cause a red bump underneath the lid with only generalized redness and swelling visible on the outside. Styes are similar to chalazia, but they tend to be smaller and more painful, and they usually don't cause any lasting damage. They contain water and pus, and the bacteria will spread if the stye is forcefully ruptured. Styes are characterized by an acute onset and usually short in duration (7–10 days without treatment) compared to chalazia, which are chronic and usually do not resolve without intervention. Styes are usually caused by the ''Staphylococcus aureus'' bacterium.

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Hello Doctor, I am a 37 year old female of normal weight for my height. I currently take microgynon 30. Each month at my period break week I...

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Hi i think ur microgynon 30 mg along with synergitic effect of the hormones released during periods .as they are asymptomatic and gettiing subsided...

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I had developed a sore on mu eyelid (right eye). It is mouthless & painless.

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Thanks for your query.

Presence of sore on eye lid can be due to:
1. Stye- acute infection/inflammation of the glands in the eye...

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