A stye can be both painful and unsightly. When a gland within the eyelid becomes infected, it causes a painful red bump, and may sometimes drain fluid. Antibiotic drops, in combination with warm compresses, should relieve your symptoms quickly.

What causes a stye?

  • Glands at the edge of the eyelid can become clogged from makeup, skin debris, or secretions
  • The trapped fluid within the gland promotes bacterial growth
  • The growing bacteria cause inflammation (redness, pus, and pain)

Features of a stye:

  • Usually a single lump within the eyelid
  • Develops over a few days
  • Can be tender and painful
  • May develop a white “head” and possibly drain
  • Occasionally will spread to the area outside the lid – this is a more serious condition

What else should I know?

  • Our online assessment will help determine if you are a good candidate for treatment
  • Treatment with prescription antibiotic drops or ointment may speed recovery if applying warm, moist compresses to the area does not provide relief
  • Never try to drain or squeeze the area yourself
  • Symptoms should completely resolve in about one week
  • Just answer a few questions to get started with your online visit

What happens next?

  • Create an MDAnywhere account. Required on your first visit only and can be completed at any time, even in advance
  • Complete your online visit by answering a few medical interview questions and providing your medical history
  • Once these two steps are complete, a physician will review your entire visit and treatment request
  • Your treatment plan will be shared with you minutes after the physician reviews your request
  • You will be notified if there is any additional information needed
  • Any necessary prescriptions or vaccine orders will be sent to your pharmacy
  • A copy of any lab or vaccine orders can be sent directly to you for added convenience
  • If, at any point, online treatment is not recommended, you will not be charged
  • Rest assured, your private information will be protected, stored securely, and kept confidential

The information displayed on this page is for informational purposes only and is not medical opinion or advice.