Stye Hordeolum | Overview
What is a stye (hordeolum)?
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.
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.
How is a stye diagnosed?
A stye is usually diagnosed based on a complete medical history and physical examination of your child. Additional tests are not usually required to confirm the diagnosis.
How is a stye treated?
Treatment may include:
- applying warm, wet compresses to your child's eye for a period of approximately 15 minutes, several times throughout the day
- instructing your child not to squeeze or rub the stye
- having your child wash his or her hands frequently
- applying antibiotic ointments for the eye, which doesn't make the stye go away faster but can help stop the spread of the infection to other parts of the eye
- having your child wash his or her face daily, including the eye
- having your child refrain from wearing make-up until the infection heals