Understanding Sty -- Symptoms

WebMD Medical Reference
Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD
on Tuesday, January 01, 2002

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What Are the Symptoms?

  • Sty: a red, hot, exquisitely tender swelling near the edge of the eyelid.
  • Chalazion: a painless, smooth, round bump typically situated in the midportion of the eyelid.

Call Your Doctor If:

  • Either type of swelling does not subside within a few weeks.
  • Eyelid swelling interferes with your vision.
  • You have pain in the eye.
  • You have recurrent stys. Recurrent styes can be a symptom of other chronic skin problems.

Medically Reviewed by William C. Lloyd, MD, July 2005.

SOURCES: Bradford, C (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. pp 88-91. The Mayo Clinic.

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