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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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    Understanding Styes -- Treatment

    While painful and unsightly, most styes heal within a few days on their own or with simple treatment. Chalazia, too, often disappear on their own, but it might take a month or more. Typical treatment for a sty consists of applying very warm compresses to the affected eye for 10 to 15 minutes twice to four times daily for several days. This not only relieves pain and inflammation, but also helps the stye resolve faster. Be sure to close your eye while using the compresses. When the stye comes to...

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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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