A stye, or hordeolum, is a bacterial infection of a gland along the edge of the eyelid, usually near an eyelash follicle. The result is a small, itchy red bump at the lash line.
The first step in easing your discomfort and encouraging the stye to drain is to apply a warm compress to the area, usually three to four times a day. This can help bring the pimple-like bump to a head. Sties may eventually heal on their own (usually in about one week), but we can prescribe an antibiotic ointment if they do not.
You should never attempt to puncture or squeeze a stye, because this can spread infection. Instead, if you do not find relief from warm compresses, please seek additional care from Bonner Eye Clinic. A stye itself is not usually a serious condition but, if left untreated, excessive irritation or complications could occur.