What is a hordeolum (stye)?
A hordeolum, more commonly known as a stye, is an inflammation of part of the eyelash. This condition is seen more often in children than in adults.
What causes a stye?
A stye is caused by an infection in the oil-producing sebaceous or sweat glands in the eyelid. The infection is usually caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus.
What are the symptoms of a stye?
Each child may experience symptoms differently, but the most common symptoms of a stye include:
- swelling of the eyelid
- redness at the edge of the eyelid
- pain over the affected area
Because the symptoms of a stye may resemble other conditions or medical problems, you should always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.