Symptoms of stye

What are the symptoms of stye?


Diagnosing a stye
Very easy to recognize, the stye is located on the inner edge or outside of the eyelid and owes its name to the Old English word ‘sty’ meaning ‘rising’ + eye, therefore stye.
The infected area is usually red, swollen and painful, then a yellowish pus tip appears in the centre of the stye. It generally bursts after a few days with a release of pus allowing the stye to then heal spontaneously.
If in doubt, a simple visit to a general practitioner will be sufficient to diagnose and treat the stye. 
Several symptoms may be warning of the appearance of a stye: 
  • An intense pain in the eyelid, at the root of the eyelashes. 
  •  Then a small red swelling centred on the base of an eyelash appears, which can sometimes hinder view and make the eye weep or cause irritation or the sensation of a grain of sand
  • Sensitivity to light or a desire to scratch can also be felt
  • A small white pocket of pus then occurs at the centre of the swelling. After a few days (a week) this white pocket empties, relieving pain and allowing the stye to heal spontaneously. 
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