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Prescription treatments for styes may include antibiotic eyedrops or topical antibiotic creams to fight the bacterial infection causing the stye. Oral antibiotics like Doxycycline, Tetracycline, Cephalosporin, and Amoxicillin may be prescribed when the infection persists or spreads.

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What is a stye?

When the oil gland becomes infected with bacteria, it can lead to a painful and red bump known as a stye, or hordeolum, on the eyelid. Staphylococcus aureus is the common causative agent, and it can cause stye either inside or outside of the eyelid.

How do I know I have a stye?

Symptoms of a stye include: 

  • An uncomfortable, red, and tender lump near the eyelid.
  • Crusting, redness, tenderness, and localized swelling of the eyelid margin.
  • Sometimes, a yellowish spot forms at the center of the bump when pushed.

Other symptoms may include: 

  • Eyelid pain
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Tearing
  • A sensation of a foreign body in the eye

Causes of stye

  • Bacterial infections of the eyelid oil gland, usually the microorganism Staphylococcus aureus, cause styes, also known as hordeolums.
  • Long-term blepharitis and rosacea can increase the risk of styes caused by bacteria infecting an eyelash follicle or eyelid gland.
  • Staphylococcal bacteria cause styes and can spread to the eyelid by touching nasal mucus and rubbing.
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Treatment and medications for stye

  • To relieve the pain and discomfort caused by a stye, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are commonly prescribed as medications for treating styes.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and swelling related to the stye. 
  • For persistent or severe cases, a healthcare provider may prescribe antibiotics, such as eye drops or cream, to kill the bacteria causing the stye and promote healing.
  • A doctor may inject steroids into the stye to aid faster healing and reduce pain. In some instances, surgery may be recommended if the stye does not resolve on its own or transforms into a chalazion.
  • Treatment for a stye also involves home remedies and self-care measures. An effective method involves placing warm compresses on the afflicted eye for 5 to 10 minutes multiple times daily. This can aid both the swelling and the healing process.
  • Over-the-counter treatments like ointments, solutions, or medicated pads can be used to manage a stye. If a stye persists or becomes very painful, swollen, or affects vision, it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately.

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FAQs about stye

What does a stye look like?

A stye looks like a pimple in the eyelid and is caused by the inflammation of the oil gland, causing a red raised bump. 

Can eyelashes grow back after a stye?

After an eye stye heals, the lashes can grow back. Bacterial infections of the eyelid’s oil glands are the usual culprits behind styes, which in turn cause the affected area to lose its eyelashes. But once the infection goes away and the stye heals, your eyelashes will grow back on their own.

Can a stye cause uneven eyelids?

Yes, the stye can weigh down the eyelid during the infection, causing an uneven look. However, once the swelling and edema are reduced, the eyelid position returns to normal. This may take 4-6 weeks to complete recovery.

Can a stye leave a scar on the eyelid?

The stye is similar to a pimple, which may be painful but resolves within a few weeks and does not affect eyesight. However, if left untreated, it can rarely develop into a permanent scar or a condition called chalazion due to clogging of the oil gland.

Does stress cause eye styes?

Stress can cause styes if your sleeping patterns are disturbed, screentime is increased, and you have poor personal hygiene habits like not removing makeup before sleep. Moreover, stye can develop into blepharitis if not treated and cared for properly.

Can a stye turn into an abscess?

If the infection worsens and is left untreated, stye can become an abscess due to swelling and inflammation of the eyelid. This abscess is treated either with antibiotics or surgically draining the excess fluid. See a doctor for a proper treatment plan.

Is polysporin good for styes?

Yes, Polysporin antibiotic eye drops can be beneficial for treating styes. These sterile antibiotic drops are specifically designed for eye infections caused by styes. Polysporin is a commonly recommended over-the-counter brand by doctors and pharmacists for managing eye infections like styes. Applying 1-2 drops in the affected eye four times daily for 7-10 days can help treat styes effectively.

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for a stye?

The best OTC medication for stye includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like naproxen, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, which reduce pain and swelling in the eyelid. 

What is the fastest way to cure a stye?

The fastest way to cure a stye is to apply a warm compress, which helps unclog the oil glands and remove the edema and swelling of the stye. Otherwise, antibiotics and OTC medications can help reduce the duration of stye.

What should I not put on a stye?

It is essential not to use comedogenic products on the stye to prevent further clogging of the oil gland. Additionally, avoid using makeup, contact lenses, and shared personal care products to avoid further bacterial infection.

What can be mistaken for a stye?

A stye can sometimes be mistaken for a chalazion, a lump caused by a blocked oil gland in the eyelid tarsal plate. Chalazion is usually painless and is not caused by a bacterial infection like styes. 

Other conditions that can be mistaken for a stye include eyelid cysts, milia (small white bumps on the skin), and other types of eyelid bumps or infections. If you are unsure about the nature of the bump on your eyelid or if it is causing persistent discomfort, it is advisable to seek medical evaluation from an eye care provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

Is eye stye contagious?

No, it is not contagious, unlike other viral eye infections. It is eyelid inflammation due to bacterial infection, which resolves with antibiotics. Based on the provided sources, a stye is generally not highly contagious. Styes are typically caused by Staphylococcus bacteria commonly found on the skin and inside the nose.


While styes are not highly contagious, they contain a fluid with trace amounts of bacteria that can potentially spread germs as the local infection drains and heals. This fluid can transmit the bacteria to other parts of the body or to other individuals.

Can you pop a stye?

No, it is not recommended to pop a stye. Popping a stye can lead to potential risks and complications, including spreading bacteria, further infection, and creating an open wound that is susceptible to contaminants. Additionally, attempting to pop a stye may worsen the infection and cause other issues. Instead of popping a stye, treating it until it goes away on its own is advised.

Why do I keep getting styes?

Recurrent styes can be influenced by various factors such as poor eye hygiene, contact lens habits, use of old cosmetics, underlying conditions like blepharitis or rosacea, and blocked oil glands.

To prevent the recurrence of styes, it is crucial to maintain good eye hygiene practices, including regular handwashing, avoiding touching the eyes with unwashed hands, disinfecting contact lenses properly, discarding old cosmetics, and following appropriate eye care routines.

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