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Eye Infections, Pink Eye and Styes

Eye Infections, Pinkeye or Conjunctivitis is the medical name for pink eye. It involves inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inside of the eyelid. It can cause swelling, itching, burning, discharge, and redness. Causes include

  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Allergies
  • Substances that cause irritation
  • Contact lens products, eye drops, or eye ointments

Pinkeye usually does not affect vision. Infectious pink eye can easily spread from one person to another. The infection will clear in most cases without medical care, but bacterial pinkeye needs treatment with antibiotic eye drops or ointment.

What is a stye?

A stye or hordeolum is a small, painful lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. It is actually an abscess filled with pus and is usually caused by a staphylococcus bacteria eyeinfection.

Styes are common with most people experiencing one or two of them at some stage in their life.

Styes are usually visible on the surface but can appear deeper inside the eyelid.

What are the symptoms?

  • Styes: a red, hot, exquisitely tender swelling near the edge of the eyelid.
  • Chalazion: a painless, smooth, round bump typically situated in the mid-portion of the eyelid.

Seek medical advice if:

  •  Either type of swelling does not subside within a few weeks.
  •  Eyelid swelling interferes with your vision
  •  You have pain in the eye.
  •  You have recurrent styes. Recurrent styes can be a symptom of other chronic skin problems.

For more information about eye infections and styes, please contact Gonzaba Urgent Care at (210) 921-6600.

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