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Can you tell me the difference between sty and pink eye?

Can you tell me the difference between sty and pink eye?

Eye vs eyelid: Pink eye is a viral or bacterial infection of the surface of the eye and mucus membranes lining the eyelids (conjunctiva). A stye is an infected eyelash follicle and presents as a red, painful bump on the eyelid. ...Read more

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Sty (Definition)

A sty is when an oil gland of the eyelid margin gets clogged and the oil backs up and forming a pocket of stagnant oil and the eyelid becomes inflamed. A hordeolum is the acute phase or beginning stage of a stye, and a chalazion is the chronic phase (where the oil becomes more granular, thick and the skin inflammation resolves, but there is still a bump/nodule in the eyelid). ...Read more


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The area under my left eye is red, swollen and tender to touch. I do not believe it is a sty or pink eye - what could this be?

The area under my left eye is red, swollen and tender to touch. I do not believe it is a sty or pink eye - what could this be?

Inflamed skin: If skin is red, swollen and tender to touch it is inflamed. The most concerning cause of inflammation is infection, so keep an eye out. Chronic irritation from rubbing or watering eyes can do it. Bug bites can do it. Sometimes allergies can do it, although these usually itch more than hurt until they get infected. You might also be in the early stage of a stye. Keep an eye out for a bump on eyelid. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
Tell dr the cause of your pink eye (allergic, viral, bacterial)
once, once for 1 week
Do not use someone else's eye drops
Once
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How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

Location: Pink eye, with several causes, leads to redness of the eye itself (the conjunctival lining over the white of the eye). Usually some discomfort, discharge and light sensitivity. Styes are in the lids, cause focal swelling, sometimes much pain and tenderness, and rarely affect vision. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get an eye stye when you have pink eye?

Is it normal to get an eye stye when you have pink eye?

Styes occur : Any time, conjunctivitis could potentially cause a stye to form. ...Read more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
Once
Reduce alcohol intake
Once
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I am 24 and have been experiencing pain in the back of my right eye. No pink eye or stye present. No sinus infection. Ideas?

I am 24 and have been experiencing pain in the back of my right eye. No pink eye or stye present. No sinus infection. Ideas?

See ophthalmologist: Your vision is too precious to fool with and you should make very sure very quickly that nothing is going to damage your eye. Following that, if nothing is found it may be necessary to have an MRI with thin orbital slices done with contrast to determine if there may be a tumor in back of the eyeball. Please go and get evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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I have had a stye in my eye for 3 weeks and have now developed pink eye in the same eye. What should I do?

I have had a stye in my eye for 3 weeks and have now developed pink eye in the same eye. What should I do?

OPTHALMOLOGIST: Some source of infection - frequently staph and needs compresses, and likely antibiotics. If any eye disease previously, may need to go to er. ...Read more

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Hordeolum (Definition)

Hordeolum is also known as Stye. This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more


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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

The conjunctiva is the outer layer of thye eye. Conjunctivitis means inflammation by any irritant. The normal pale clear tissue will look iritated and discolored from light pink to angry red and ...Read more


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