Sty | Symptoms

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What does a sty feel like?

The main symptom is a swollen, painful, red bump on the edge of the eyelid. You may also have the following:

  • Discharge from the eye
  • Tearing of the eye
  • Scratchy feeling in the eye
  • Crusting on the eyelid

When should I see a doctor?

If you have any concerns, or if your sty does not go away after 10 to 14 days, talk to your family doctor. You should also call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • An eyelid that is swollen shut
  • Increased pain with home treatment
  • Increased swelling after the first 2 to 3 days
  • An eyelid that feels hot
  • Thick pus or blood coming from the bump
  • Blistering on your eyelid
  • Fever or chills
  • Vision changes
  • Sties that keep coming back

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 07/09

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