What does a staph infection on your eyelid look like?

A stye (hordeolum) is a tender red bump on the edge of the eyelid. It is an infection of a gland of the eyelid. The infection is most often caused by bacteria called staph (Staphylococcus aureus). The most common symptoms are redness and swelling of the eyelid.

Is blepharitis a staph infection?

There are different causes of blepharitis. Staphylococcal blepharitis is a type of blepharitis caused by staphylococcus (or “staph”) bacteria. Normally, certain types of staph bacteria can live on your body without causing harm.

How do you get a staph infection on your eyelid?

There are many ways that the staphylococcus bacteria can enter the eye and cause an infection. Contaminated contact lenses and cosmetics both carry the risk of causing staphylococcal blepharitis. However, dry eyes also have a significant link to bacterial infections in the eye, including staphylococcal blepharitis.

Can blepharitis get infected?

Once blepharitis occurs, it’s possible to also get a secondary infection. Though uncomfortable, most cases aren’t contagious and won’t cause blindness.

Can Staphylococcus cause eye problems?

Staphylococcus aureus is a major pathogen of the eye able to infect the tear duct, eyelid, conjunctiva, cornea, anterior and posterior chambers, and the vitreous chamber.

Is blepharitis bacterial or viral?

Most of the time, blepharitis happens because you have too much bacteria on your eyelids at the base of your eyelashes. Having bacteria on your skin is normal, but too much bacteria can cause problems. You can also get blepharitis if the oil glands in your eyelids get clogged or irritated.

Is blepharitis an autoimmune disease?

Blepharitis can be part of the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis or a highly reactive form of acne known as rosacea. A combination of blepharitis and dry mouth may indicate an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome.