EYE CARE :: Eye Disorders
What is a hordeolum (stye)?
A hordeolum, also known as a stye, is localized inflammation at the eyelid margin. This condition is seen more often in children than in adults.
What causes a stye?
A stye is caused by inflammation in the sebaceous (oil producing) or sweat glands in the eyelid. There may be secondary infection is by bacteria, most commonly Staphylococcus aureus.
What are the symptoms of a stye?
The most common symptoms of a stye are:
The symptoms of a stye may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
How is a stye diagnosed?
A stye is usually diagnosed based on a medical history and physical examination of your child. Additional tests are not usually required to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment of a stye:
Treatment may include:
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