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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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    If you notice soft or hard yellow patches on the inside corners of your eyelids, you might have xanthelasma. They're made up of cholesterol that's under your skin. They aren't harmful, but if you're bothered by the way they look, there are treatments that can get rid of them. Even though xanthelasma itself won't hurt you, it could be a sign that you're at higher risk for heart disease. So don't ignore this skin condition. Get it checked by your doctor.

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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.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on March 13, 2015

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