Stye is a painful eye condition which causes a red lump on the edge of upper or lower eyelids. It may appear like a pimple or a boil and is often filled with pus and it occurs due to the infection of oil glands in the eyelid.


In most cases, stye occurs outside the eyelid, but in few, it may appear on the inner part of the eyelid. It disappears on its own in a few days, while pain and discomfort can be relieved by placing warm washcloths on the eyelid.

Staphylococcus sp. bacterium is usually responsible for stye infections. In normal conditions, there are no signs, but, the overproduction of bacteria forms a painful bulge in the eyelid. It is usually harmless and does not affect the eyesight.

However, in rare cases it may cause cellulitis, a severe infection of the face. Diabetes, certain skin conditions, poor hand hygiene, and using old makeup are the risk factors that can cause a stye.

Signs And Symptoms:

  • A pimple like, pus-filled red lump on the eyelid
  • Pain in eyelid
  • Swelling in eye
  • Watery eyes

Antibiotic ointments can relieve the symptoms. However, it can be prevented by maintaining proper hygiene and makeup.

Home remedies like warm cloth, teabag compress also help in healing this condition.