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A stye is an acute infection of the secretory glands of the eyelids.
Frequently, bacteria can infect an eye oil gland, causing increased inflammation, pain, and redness of the eye, and even redness of the surrounding eyelid and cheek tissue. The medical term for stye is hordeolum.
The lump can point externally (outward) or internally (inward). Frequently, the lump appears with a visible whitish or yellowish spot that looks much like a large pimple. Usually, one obvious area of swelling is apparent on one lid, but many styes can appear on one or both eyelids simultaneously.
The lump frequently goes away when the blockage of the gland opening is relieved. Furthermore, the infection goes away when the pus is drained from the stye.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/18/2015
Grant G. Gilliland, MD
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