WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT HAP­PENS:

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A stye is an in­fec­tion at the base of an eye­lash caused by bac­te­ria. Usu­ally these live on our skin and are harm­less but some­times they are trans­ferred to the eye­lid and if the skin is dam­aged, the bac­te­ria in­vade and take hold.

“Symp­toms are a painful and ten­der red lump on the eye­lid. It can feel like some­thing is in the eye and makes it wa­ter,” ex­plains Leanne Nguyen from the Aus­tralian Col­lege of Op­tom­e­try. The lump can be­come big­ger and have a white or yel­low top.

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