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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is a stye in the eye?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Infection: A stye is a bacterial infection of an oil-producing gland at the edge of the eyelid.
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Clogged oil gland.: A stye is a clogged oil gland found in the eyelid margin, it produces oil for the surface of the eye. When the orifice of this gland becomes blocked, the oil will back up and form what is called a stye. Typically a stye is from inflammation causing the opening (orifice) to occlude causing the stye. A stye is typically not an infected oil gland, but can occur due bacteria causing inflammation.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

What antibiotics would I use for a stye in the eye?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Family Medicine 39 years experience
Stye-antibiotics?: Usually none are required. Frequesnt warm compresses will bring stye to head & it will open & drain by itself. If it doesn't, see fp for topical antibiotic prescription.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Stye in the eye ! what should I do to treat it?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Warm compresses: Put clean, wet, warm compresses on your eyelid to help treat the stye. The stye is caused my an inflammation in the hair follicle of the eyelid. Antibiotics are usually not needed. Keep your hands away from your eyes- don't rub your eyes! call your doctor if it does not get better.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is a stye in the eye contagious?

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Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Aklanswered
Infectious Disease 32 years experience
No: Styes are not transmitted to others.
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