How Much Do You Know About Hordeolum?

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How much do you know about hordeolum?

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Hordeolum, also referred to as stye, is a common, painful, inflammation of the eyelid margin that is usually caused by bacterial infection.

Sometimes, people develop hordeolum all of a sudden and find themselves caught with the following symptoms:

  • The eye is swollen shut.
  • Redness appears around the entire eye.
  • There is any change or disturbance in one’s vision.
  • Swelling lasts for more than three weeks.
  • The stye or styes come back or bleed.
  • Eyelashes fall out.
  • The stye is on the bottom eyelid, near the nose.
  • The white part of the eye becomes red.
  • Pus or thick discharge continues to drain from the eye.
  • One has a fever higher than 100.5 F.
  • One has excessive persistent tearing.
  • One has persistent redness of the surface of the eye.
  • One has significant pain.
  • One experiences double vision.

At that time, special care and treatment is mainly provided to help relieve symptoms and to hasten recovery. The following are some suggestions.

  • Warm compresses are usually recommended.
  • Pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), may be given or recommended.
  • Antibiotics may be necessary.

Keywords: acute hordeolum

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