A small area of redness and pain on the margin of your eyelid may indicate that you have a stye, known in medical terms as an external hordeolum. A stye is a blocked gland at the edge of the lid that has become infected by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus.
The area of redness and pain will eventually form a 'point'. Until this occurs, warm compresses should be applied to the area for 15 minutes three-to-four times a day. Our doctors often prescribe an antibiotic ointment in conjunction to warm compresses to aid in healing.
Remember that a stye that has not come to a 'point' should never be forcefully squeezed. Only when the stye has 'pointed', can it be gently expressed to empty its contents, after which the lids should be cleaned. Treatment with the ointment should be continued until symptoms have cleared. Sometimes it is necessary for the stye to be lanced to assist with expression.