A stye, also known as a hordeolum, is an inflammation of the eyelid margin. This condition is seen more often in children than in adults. 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.
The following are the most common symptoms of a stye. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
A stye is sometimes confused with a chalazion, a painless, persistent granuloma bump or swelling of the upper or lower eyelid. A chalazion is caused by a blockage of one of the glands in the eyelid. The treatment for a stye and a chalazion is similar.
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 may include:
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