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Why do people get pig styes on their eyes?

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Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology

In brief: Styes

Styes, or hordeolums, are localized bacterial infections of the eyelid skin.
They cause the lid to be swollen, red and tender. Styes usually happen spontaneously and go away in 3-5 days. You can help them with using warm compresses over the affected area. Occasionally, oral antibiotics are prescribed if the infection is more severe.

In brief: Styes

Styes, or hordeolums, are localized bacterial infections of the eyelid skin.
They cause the lid to be swollen, red and tender. Styes usually happen spontaneously and go away in 3-5 days. You can help them with using warm compresses over the affected area. Occasionally, oral antibiotics are prescribed if the infection is more severe.
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