Sty (Stye) (cont.)

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What are Sty (Stye) symptoms and signs?

The first signs and symptoms of a sty are usually redness, tenderness, and pain in the affected area. The eye may feel irritated or "scratchy."  Later signs and symptoms may include: A common sign of a sty is a small, yellowish spot at the center of the bump that represents pus rising to the surface.

How is a Sty (Stye) diagnosed?

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The doctor will examine the lids to locate the opening of the plugged gland. This helps to distinguish between a hordeolum and a chalazion. Also, the doctor will look for signs of scar tissue, foreign bodies, or underlying chronic meibomitis to determine the cause.

In addition, the doctor will look for any signs that the gland may have become infected. It is particularly important to identify infection that has spread from the gland to the neighboring skin, tissue around the eye, or the eye itself.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2013

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