A sty is an infection of the follicles of the eyelashes. The causative agent of this condition is Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium commonly responsible for skin infections. The condition may be linked to poor general health.
Even healthy individuals have Staphylococcus aureus on their skin and nostrils. These bacteria often give rise to minor superficial diseases, including the formation of pustules or boils in hair follicles. S. aureus infections are characterized by the presence of pus and formation of abscesses.
Applying a clean compress in the affected area for about 15 minutes at a time every two hours can treat a sty. This procedure should cause the sty to rupture. The pus should then be washed carefully away from the area.
The is no truth to the notion that peeping is directly linked with the formation of sty.