Conditions

Styes

Stye

A stye is a small, lumpy infection at the point where the eyelash grows out of the eyelid. It’s very common in kids and adults alike and is the result of a bacterium called staphylococcus, which also causes boils and impetigo. Styes aren’t harmful in themselves, but they cause the area around the eye to become swollen, painful, red and sore, and if left untreated, there is a danger that the infection can spread.

Styes can develop very quickly – sometimes overnight – and kids will complain that it feels as if they have something caught in the eye that just won’t go away. Styes can occur either inside the eyelid (where they are called hordeolum) or, more usually, on the outside. Take a close look at your child’s eye and you’ll see the distinctive, pus-filled lump at the root of the eyelid. As the infection develops the lump becomes bigger, the area around it swells up so that it looks a bit like a black eye, and the eye itself will be red and watery. Your child’s vision may become hazy too, but styes do not result in any lasting damage to sight.

Fortunately, most styes will pass naturally after three to four days, and if they don’t – or if your child is in a lot of discomfort – they can easily be treated at home. With your child lying down, gently apply a warm (but not hot) damp cloth to the eye, and keep it there for 10 minutes. Then repeat the process three or four times a day. This will help the pus inside the infection to drain away naturally, after which the infection will clear up.

Once kids have had one stye, they tend to be more at risk of getting another one. The bacteria which cause styes live in the nose, so one way to prevent infection is to discourage kids from rubbing or picking their noses and then touching the eye. It’s also possible to pick up the infection from using the same flannel or towel of someone who is infected, so it’s important that kids understand how important good hygiene around the eye is.

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My wee girl is 4 and has had her blocked oil duct for 7 months, I have had her seen at doctors, opticians and at children's hospital, all saying it will go away in its own time! I have tried hot press with face cloth, eye bag, and steaming her face, and all different eye drops, and ointments. She goes to school this August and would like this to be away, as children and adults ask her what's that on your eye. It is really big and red.





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Well I'm 14 and I'm doing home treatments and it got bigger over night so do i keep doing what I'm doing





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my partner gets alot of styes, she been prescribed alsorts and nothing seems to prevent them, she she cleans her eyes every night with hot salty water and hot water with johnsons baby shampoo, does hot compressions and they still come back on regular basis, she sufferes from dry eye syndrom, where her eyes produce alot of tears causing her eyes to water all the time, and eye lid eczmer is there any advice for preventing these as its been going on for years and seeing the doctor just isnt working





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My daughter has a lump on her upper eyelid that looks like a stye. This is the second one in as many months, I've taken her to the doctors and he just said it will go with time. Just looks so awfull, looks like she's got a black eye.





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Hi there, this reply might be a little late. My daughter had this and it was not a stye it was a chalazion. which is a small cyst cause by a blocked gland. She had surgery to have it removed. in and out in a day, they are harmless and can return. If you catch them early. warm bathing can get them to go down. otherwise they go hard. It might be worth a second opinion. Kind regards Pam





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Hi Pam, how did this begin? My 7year old daughter has a lump on the inside of the eye in the inner corner. It's not red or pussy but sore and tender to touch. Could this be a similar thing to what your daughter has had?

hi there my son also has had a chalazion, he has had surgery to remove it twice. It has since returned a third time and my dr has refused to help us, it keeps filling up and bursting with a heat compress but is extremely uncomfortable whilst full and sometimes restricts his vision he is only 5 is there any advice you could offer many thanks emma

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my daughter keeps getting styes repeatedly and as soon as it goes one comes up in the other eye and keeps swapping eyes i have took her 2 the docs approx about 10times and they have told me they will go in time and she has been gettin them on and off for 2years. They keep giving me ointment but thay hasnt done anything either apart from the sty keeps bursting, she has one at the moment and last night i notice her eyes looked like she was gettin conjunctivitus and then this morning her eyes were crusty and also her face had swelled up, i took her back to doctors and again they hav given me the same ointment. Im at the end of my tether with it all i need answers as to why she keeps gettin them and why her face has swollen. Please help





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i once had a stye i woke up and cudent open my eye my mum bathed it in warm water it had sleep (crust)in it it was very stuck i went to school and people teased me its very hard to have a medical problem but theres always a way to solve it !





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my daughter had chicken pox, then a lump developed o her eye, then when the chicken pox strted to go another lump developed on the other eye, she has a small lump on her left eye a relly big, white headed one on the other,i took her the doctors and they told me it was a boil! they give me antibiotics but never worked, so i took her back and thry give me some more but different antibiotics, that never worked either, it some how grows then goes smaller when it wants, im sick of going to the doctors and them telling me it will go soon! people look at her like she has an illness, what can i do?its been months now





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my daughter has had stye's since the age of three and has had two operations around about 6 months apart she is now 5 and has had so many small and large styes ive lost count and now she maybe facing another operation due to one coming back even bigger than the last two i have done everything in my power to prevent this from happing again again but the warm flannel's and eye drops are just not cutting it doctors just think i am over reacting and say they will go in time but they just wont. kids ask my daughter all the time what's wrong with her eye as it come's she than has to have a operation than it comes back within months we have tried everything from creams to eye drops everything we are at the end of our rope i think there must be a under lining problem because she just cannot go though another operation! she already has a dip in her eye lid from the last two can anyone help!!





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I am having the same problem, right now she has 3 on one eye, she only gets it on one eye, no surgeries yet but when I took her to the doctor they told me she had oily skin she is only 10, I am also at the end of my rope, please let me know if you found out anything.

Hi Suzanne, My son keeps getting styes and we had several operations and it won't go away. Just noticed another coming it. We tried ointments and drops too never worked!!

My daughter started getting styes repeatedily from the age of 5, last July two of them had developed into cysts which were surgically removed from the lower lids. Now at nearly 7 she has developed a large cyst below her left eye & is facing another op to remove this. Have have been given no reason why she is getting these & want to know is she going to have this ongoing later in life?





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