What does a stye feel like at first?

Have you ever had a bumpy, red lump on your eyelid? It could be something commonly known as the stye or hordeolum. This pesky little bump can feel like a small volcano erupting on your face – painful and unsightly. Let’s delve deeper into what causes styes, how to identify if it is actually a stye and what one feels like.

The Anatomy of Your Eyelids

Before we dive in to explore what happens when you have a stye, let’s first understand the anatomy of our eyelids. Now take note so that next time someone mentions pimple-like bumps occurring around their eyes— you already know this stuff!

Your upper and lower eyelids are made up of skin overlying bone, muscle tissue for opening/closing eyes along with meibomian glands that secrete oils for lubrication. Meibomian glands’ role is essential in maintaining healthy tears production by stopping evaporation from tear film covering cornea(s). Tears diffuse all over eye surfaces while blinking, then get drained via puncta- minute openings in inner corners of each lid (there’s always more under the surface)

What is A Stye?

Now getting back to our main topic—Styes! They develop due to inflammation or infection involving hair follicles/glands present at base (root) of lashes where secretions occur naturally! A blocked gland gets infected; causing an inflammatory response – which results in hardening yielding this tiny reddish pus-filled bump.

Squint You’ll probably see them forming near areas where hairs emerge right above lash roots unless located far down resulting Obstruction along ducts cause blockages leading towards providing breeding grounds acne-inducing bacteria named “staphylococci”


No matter how many dishes I clean during quarantine- chances are they have almost no correlation to stye development. Main reasons include;

  • Poor hygiene – Not frequently washing your face, frequent rubbing of eyes with dirty or grubby fingers can transfer bacteria and turn into a breeding ground for infections.
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Weakening of immune function: Long-term antibiotic use might disturb natural balance i.e vulnerable towards bacterial infection GOSH ALL THOSE PRETTY-LOOKING LASH ADVERTS!
  • Stress – This creates an unhealthy coping mechanism in our bodies- predominantly depending on cortisol release which can impede our immunity system.

Looks like the time before starting work from home wasn’t too different after all- who knew we were setting up favorable environments for styes.

How Does A Stye Feel Like At First?

You’ll probably realize it’s a ruddy little bump if you’ve seen one displaying obvious physical symptoms. Let’s dive into how one feels at first:

Painful Sensation

It is often accompanied by pain (initially mild) but increasing as days pass until it eventually gets treated or breaks down to discharge pus (talk about icky) causing intense discomfort around the affected area.

If pressing down gently using fingertips causes acute irritation that worsens following constant rubbing, then alas! Welcome to the club! The agony resembles someone poking needles consistently over a bruise slightly jarring having unfavorable sensation followed by inflamed heaviness!

Itchy And Watery Eyes

As mentioned prior, meibomian gland secretions help lubricate eyes reducing inflammation yet lack thereof triggers itchiness unique type giving off notion bugs/pests have invaded. Watering eyes accompanying itching could also make an individual feel as though they’ve been exposed to some allergen CAUSING EYES TO WATER ALONG WITH ITCHINESS .

Blurred Vision

Many factors contribute due to lenses not getting enough lubrication being possible inducing astigmatism resulting in blurred vision. So if suddenly stye is affecting your ability to see, please consult a professional.

How To Get Rid Of A Stye?

As we have determined how it feels- let’s get down to business! How can one get rid of this? Can removing styes be as tricky as ascending Mt Everest?

Basic Home Remedies

Don’t pay my colleague that much attention standing right beside me advocating for unconventional practices—he says applying toothpaste works wonders—It doesn’t!

  1. Warm compress

Apply warm water w/ towel (not too hot) near swollen area for around 10 mins 4-5 times daily can open up ducts which allows trapped gunk from blocked gland(s) areas which will drain out fast until bulge vanishes

  1. Eye drops

    Eye-drops containing antibacterial treatment such as euphrasia or calendula are frequently sought after treating upon recommendation.
    3. Tea Bags

    A tea bag soaked in hot water and cooled off till lukewarm prior being pressed against the infected area mending discomfort.

You may turn towards becoming home remedies enthusiasts-but limit the experimentation with trials performing that won’t aggravate situation further.

Medical Treatment

Suppose home remedies aren’t working nor yielding positive results; immediate assistance by an optometrist is recommended.

Depending on circumstances, professionals might prescribe:

  1. Antibiotic cream

    Topical ointment applied directly lending quick relief reducing excessive swelling & eventually draining any accumulated pus.

2.Oral antibiotics

  You must begin taking the prescribed antibiotic pills immediately starting course once a day typically recommended by doctors until all symptoms disappear while non-compliance may lead toward recurrence.

Aside from these conventional paths- “Chu-chu” noises incoming, another option can also go surgical removal extraction excision under anesthesia requiring specialist care generally conducted upon extreme cases, never a good time

In Conclusion

Styes, while they appear gross and may fill one with dread anger-painful at first- solely indicating that recovery is bound to occur by distinguishing characteristics should grab attention on effects.
Following these remedies mentioned takes us forever closer towards our blissful post-Stye life returning forgotten happiness containing the new-found ability—blister-free lives!