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Stye (Hordeolum) in Children

  • Overview

    A hordeolum, more commonly known as a stye, is an inflammation of part of the eyelash.

    • Styes are seen more often in children than adults.
    • A stye is caused by an infection in the oil-producing sebaceous or sweat glands in the eyelid.
    • Treatment may include applying warm, wet compresses or antibiotic ointments, or having your child wash his or her face daily and refrain from wearing make-up until the infection heals.
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