Styes are fairly common and one question that often pops up and one that you might be wondering yourself is, “are styes contagious?”.
The simple answer is no. Not in the sense that you can pass it on or get it from being in everyday contact with other people. A stye is an infection of the eyelid or the follicles of the eye lash. The infection is caused by bacteria and this can lead to a response by the body to combat it. This response leads to inflammation and the formation of pus that can look like a spot or swelling around the eyelid and gives rise to a ‘stye’.
So, the only way it could possible spread from one person to another is if you continue touching the stye or if you try to puncture it and not practise good hand hygiene.
Contact lenses and makeup also should be avoided if you have a stye. This is more to prevent the spread of infection around your own eye rather than it being a risk to anyone else. Most styes do clear up on their own but some people experience recurrent problems and this is where you can consult your own doctor or perhaps try a natural remedy like StyeGone from http://www.nativeremedies.com.