It looks like a pimple perched on your eyelid, but a stye is actually a painful abscess in a hair follicle. These annoying pink bumps come from slacking on your hygiene. Styes, in general, are caused by staphylococcus aureus, a nasty bacteria that lives on the skin and can spread when proper care and cleansing isn’t taken. A less likely cause, but still a possibility for a stye, is clogged glands from overproduction of secreted oils. Research also suggests that styes often are triggered by stress.
They are usually harmless, despite their appearance – causing redness, tenderness, pain and sometimes light-sensitivity and eye-watering. Here are the symptoms to look for when are concerned about the possibility of a stye: