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How do you get a stye?

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A stye is a small, red, tender bump inside or outside your eyelid. It happens when the area at the base of your eyelashes or one of the glands along your eyelid becomes clogged and irritated, much like the way your skin gets a pimple. People usually have a stye on just one eyelid, but you can have one in both eyes at the same time. A stye may be a one-time thing, but some people have lots of them.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Styes -- How You Can Avoid Them and Best Treatment Tips."

National Health Service (UK), NHS Choices: "Stye."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Causes Chalazia and Styes?"

KidsHealth: "Styes."

Mayo Clinic: "Sty."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chalazia and Stye Treatment."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on March 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Styes -- How You Can Avoid Them and Best Treatment Tips."

National Health Service (UK), NHS Choices: "Stye."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Causes Chalazia and Styes?"

KidsHealth: "Styes."

Mayo Clinic: "Sty."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chalazia and Stye Treatment."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on March 30, 2020

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