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This is a small boil, which generally has its seat near the margin of the lid. In some cases, the whole eyelid becomes greatly swollen and the eyeball congested. There is generally pain, and the affected part is very tender to the touch. The disease follows the usual course of a boil, and has a great tendency to return repeatedly, so that the patient may not be free from the affection for several months
Styes, like boils, occasionally disappear without coming to a head, but the most usual result is suppuration and discharge. Absorption without suppuration may be produced in some cases by vigorous application of cold or iced compresses at the beginning of the disease; but as a general rule, the application of poultices or fomentations is much to be preferred. When it is evident that pus is formed, the disease may be shortened by lancing with a knife. The poultices employed, either before or after the boil is opened, should be very small, as injury may be done to the eye by continuous application of large poultices. The edges of the eye should be kept anointed with vaseline, sweet cream, or some other simple unguent. Attention should be given to the diet and all means for improvement of the general health.