A stye is an infection of one of the glands within the eges of an eyelid. Its appearance can vary somewhat, but it is harmless to your vision. Symptoms include a noticeable swelling, some discomfort, redness and tenderness in the affected area. It is like a pimple.

Most styes heal without treatment, although the application of a hot compress can help. Styes should not be manually ruptured and drained. Proper lid hygene can reduce the risks of recurrance.

People who have Belpharitis (crusting of the lids) and/ or facial or lid Rosacea are also at higher risk for styes.

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