Stye: What Are the Symptoms? A stye is a red, hot, very tender swollen bump near the edge of your eyelid. A chalazion, on the other hand, is a somewhat tender, smooth, round bump normally in the middle of your eyelid. Call Your Doctor If: Swelling doesn’t go down in a few days or seems to get worse Your eyelid is so swollen you can’t see You have pain in or around the eye Your styes come back. This can be a symptom of other chronic skin problems.