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Stye / Chalazion


What is Stye and Chalazia?

Styes and chalazia are tender reddish lumps in or along the edge of the eyelid. They may be painful, but do not worry, they are rarely serious or dangerous. Most of it will go away without a treatment.


The first signs are tenderness, pain, and redness in the affected area. Later symptoms that arise include swelling, watering of the eye, sensitivity to light, and discomfort during blinking. A yellowish bump develops in the affected area.


  • red bump / pimple forms on the edge of the eyelid

  • as it grows, it may cause pain

  • sometimes watery eyes

  • breaks open in 3 days and heal in about a week


  • firm lump / cyst under the skin of the eyelid

  • it is not painful

  • grows more slower than styes. If it grows very large, your vision may be affected.

  • heals in a few months without treatment

Most styes will drain on their own though this may be accelerated with a hot or warm compress, or by pulling out the eyelash. Styes typically resolve within 1 week with treatment. While a stye is technically a pimple and can be popped, doing so is not recommended without technical expertise. Medical professionals will sometimes lance a particularly persistent or irritating stye with a needle, to accelerate its draining. A stye's spread or expansion can also be fought with the use of antibiotic ointment.

If a stye bursts, care must be taken to cleanse the wound to prevent reinfection.
Contact lenses should never be worn during treatment for a stye. Eye makeup is also not recommended.

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