All About Eye Infections

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2. Stye

Presenting as an inflamed bump caused by a clogged oil gland on the edge of the eyelid, a stye usually results from an overgrowth of bacteria. It is characterized by tenderness, swelling, itching, excess tears and discharge. Although styes usually go away on their own within 10 days, there are treatments to ease the symptoms.

Use a warm, damp cloth for a compress or to wash the eyelid with mild soap. Stop contact lens and eye makeup use temporarily, and use over-the-counter pain relievers if needed. Antibiotic ointments may be applied to kill bacterial overgrowth. If the inflammation lingers or gets worse with treatment, see a doctor.

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