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Stye (Hordeolum)

What is a hordeolum (stye)?

A hordeolum, also known as a stye, is an inflammation of the eyelid margin. This condition is seen more often in children than in adults.

What causes a stye?

A stye is caused by an infection in the sebaceous (oil producing) or sweat glands in the eyelid. The infection is usually caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus.

What are the symptoms of a stye?

The following are the most common symptoms of a stye. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

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 complete medical history and physical examination of your child. Additional tests are not usually required to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment of a stye:

Specific treatment for a stye will be determined by your child's physician based on:

Treatment may include:

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