A stye is a small and painful red bump that grows along the base of either the upper or lower eyelashes. They form as a result of a bacterial infection. Chalazions are not caused by bacterial infections. They form when one of the oil-producing glands in the eyelids becomes blocked or clogged, which results in redness and swelling.
Both chalazions and styes can be treated at home by applying a warm compress to the affected area with a clean washcloth that has been steeped in hot water. However, if this treatment fails, it may be necessary to apply antibiotic eye drops or to have the area drained via a very small incision.
If you are experiencing difficulties due to a stye or chalazion, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Lewen can provide you with the professional care you need.