Stye or Cyst or Chalazion?

What is the difference between a stye and chalazion? (both are sometimes generically known as a cyst)

eye stye


Styes appear as red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid, usually caused by a bacterial infection  in the eyelash follicle.  A stye can also be caused by inflammation, such a blepharitis.



Is caused by blockage of the oil-producing gland in the eyelid, which is formed when the gland opening becomes clogged with oil secretions.
They are usually painless.  It is not caused by an infection.eye chalazion





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