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A stye is a painful lump on your eyelid.

Illustration for a sore red eye with a red, painful stye


A stye is a small abscess (collection of pus) on your eyelid, which can make your eye and eyelid red and your eyes watery. It can often be painful and unsightly.

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Styes are caused by bacterial infection.

The stye often dissipates of its own accord. The symptoms may be eased by gently placing a clean, warm flannel on your eyelid, but you must never squeeze the stye. If a stye persists, or is very painful, visit your optician.


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