Your Virtual Pharmacist-What Is A Stye?

by Kathy Sykes on May 26, 2010 · 1 comment


If you look at this picture closely, you can see that my son’s right eye is swollen. He has been suffering from a stye!

The stye originated on his right eye,so we took him to his pediatrician to see what we needed  to do to treat it. She recommended to use a warm compress on his eye twice daily and then prescribed an antibiotic eye ointment to be placed three times a day for 7 days. She told us that the stye would either decrease or come to a head and drain. Luckily, the swelling went away at right around seven days of treatment.

Today, I noticed that a stye has appeard on his left eye. So, you know me, I decided to do more research about what a stye really is.

This information is coming from another site that I trust.

What Causes Styes?

Styes are usually caused by staphylococcal bacteria, which often live right on the skin surface. Our bodies are coated with billions of friendly bacteria that coexist with us. When the conditions are just right the bacteria feast on dead cells and other debris, resulting in the tender pimple.

An external stye starts as a pimple next to an eyelash. It turns into a red, painful swelling that usually lasts several days before it bursts and then heals. Most external styes are short-lived and self-limiting.

An internal stye (on the underside of the lid) also causes a red, painful swelling, but its location prevents the familiar whitehead from appearing on the eyelid. The internal stye may disappear completely once the infection is past, or it may leave a small fluid-filled cyst or nodule that can persist and may have to be opened and drained.

I do remember having a number of styes as a child and my father suffered from them on occasion. I guess it is just one of those things that comes along with the process of living and growing.

****Disclaimer****The information given here is not to replace the medical advice of your personal physician or other healthcare professionals. Our advice is to be used as supplemental  information to be reviewed and discussed with your physician or other appropriate medical professional.

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Linda May 26, 2010 at 11:47 am

Heredity is something else


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