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A stye is caused by the infection of a gland at the base of an eyelash. Bacteria usually cause the infection and the area can become swollen and inflamed into a small abscess called a stye. At the center of this pus filled abscess can sometimes be seen a raised yellow area or head. If you can see the eyelash at the center of this abscess and can gently pull it out with tweezers, it will allow the pus to drain out.

On no account must you attempt to squeeze or prod the abscess as this can cause the area to become acutely inflamed and the infection could spread. Avoid wearing any form of eye makeup that could act as a further irritant until the abscess has completely healed over. If the stye persists and reddens without bursting, then it may be necessary to take oral antibiotics to treat the infection more aggressively.

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