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Understanding Stye -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of a Stye?

A stye is a red, hot, very tender swollen bump near the edge of the eyelid. A chalazion, on the other hand, is a somewhat tender, smooth, round bump typically situated in the midportion of the eyelid.

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It’s difficult to know if or when your child needs to see an eye care provider. But most experts agree that eye exams -- performed during regular well-child visits -- help protect your child’s vision and provide useful information about his or her eye health. Children’s eye health begins in the newborn nursery and should continue throughout childhood, says Michael Repka, MD, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “For many children, an evaluation...

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Call Your Doctor About a Stye If:

  • Either type of swelling does not subside within a few days or seems to be getting worse.
  • Eyelid swelling interferes with your vision.
  • You have pain in or around the eye.
  • You have recurrent styes. That can be a symptom of other chronic skin problems.

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on March 13, 2015

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