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A stye develops when small glands located along the edge of the upper or lower eyelid become inflamed or infected. Swelling occurs at the base of the eyelashes, followed by the appearance of a small red pimple on the rim of the eyelid. Styes form most commonly on the upper eyelid.
Styes are usually caused by a bacteria known as staphylococcus aureus , and are often associated with blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid).
Symptoms normally improve within a few days and clear up after a week. The most common signs are:
The recommended treatment involves applying warm moist compresses on the eye. Compresses should be applied on the eye for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a day. The stye should disappear on its own within a week.
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