Eye Styes are typically caused by the infection of a tear duct or gland at the base of an eyelash. Styes frequently start as a pimple adjacent to the eye, and can become infected as the duct becomes blocked. The blockage will frequently result in irritation, swelling, and mild pain.
While styes are rarely serious, they may occasionally be drained by a professional if they’re persistent and refuse to clear away on their own. Some severe Styes may be treated with antibiotics as well as draining, although styes will typically self-alleviate within 1-2 weeks without treatment. Applying a hot compress will also provide temporary relief to irritation, and can speed up the healing process as well. Styes generally can be avoided with proper hygiene, washing one’s hand and face frequently, avoiding sharing cosmetics and washcloths, and simply by getting a proper sleep in a clean environment.