Eye styes, or hordeolum, are not contagious, but according to Michael Garin O.D., the bacteria that causes styes are transmittable. The eyes become infected when the individual rubs his eyes with dirty hands and fingers. More »

A stye, also known as a hordeolum, is a lump on the eyelid that looks similar to a pimple, according to the Mayo Clinic. Styes most commonly form on the exterior of the eyelid, but they can also form on the inside of t... More »

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Initial symptoms of a stye are pain, tenderness and redness of the eye, and the eye may feel scratchy or irritated, states MedicineNet. Later symptoms include swelling of the eye, tearing of the eye, discomfort when blin... More »

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Cold sores are always contagious, according to Mayo Clinic. Even if you do not have an active cold sore but are infected with the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores, or HSV-1, you can transmit the virus that cau... More »

Most styes take only a few days to heal when treated properly, according to WebMD. Some more severe styes may require minor surgery to drain all remaining pus. More »

WebMD states that styes are typically caused by staphylococcal bacteria that live on the skin surface. A lump occurs near the edge of the eyelid when certain conditions cause the bacteria to eat dead skin cells and other... More »

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As of 2015, there are images of eye styes online that look like real styes since they are actual images of real people with this condition. These images are available at eMedicineHealth and Bupa Australia. More »

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