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What are signs of a stye?

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A stye is a small, red, tender bump inside or outside your eyelid. When you first get it, you may have redness or a tender feeling near your eyelid. Here are other signs:

  • A red bump with a small pus spot in the center
  • The feeling that there's something in your eye
  • Your eye feels sensitive to bright light
  • Crust along the eyelid
  • A scratchy or itchy feeling around the eye
  • Your eye makes extra tears

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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