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What is a internal hordeolum caused by?

What is a internal hordeolum caused by?

Stye: An internal hordeolum is caused by a blocked oil gland in the eyelid which becomes infected. The common name is a stye. These are treated with warm compresses and topical antibiotic, such as bacitracin. They typically clear in 2-3 weeks. If they do not clear, sometimes styes need to be drained. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more


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Whats internal hordeolum?

Whats internal hordeolum?

Warm compresses: A hordeoulum is due to the orifice of an oil gland (mebomian gland) in the eyelid margin becoming inflamed, and clogged forming a nodule, internal protrudes towards the eye. Warm compresses (wash cloth with hot water and hold it on the stye for 5-10 minutes, reheating as needed), or surgical incision and drainage, or steroid have been the only effective treatments demonstrated get rid of a stye. ...Read more

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Is a stye an internal hordeolum?

Is a stye an internal hordeolum?

Sometimes: A stye is the common term for a pimple like inflammation of the lid and lid margin. If located on the edge it is termed an external hordeolum and if in the substance of the lid, it is termed internal hordeolum. Your ophthalmologist can recommend the best treatment for this. ...Read more

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How harmful is a internal hordeolum?

How harmful is a internal hordeolum?

Not very: This is the medical name for a stye, an infected eyelid gland. You treat it by applying warm compresses to the stye 4 times per day. If it does not resolve in a week, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an internal hordeolum to you?

Not dangerous: Internal hordeolum is a clogged oil gland of the eyelid margin. It is not an infection. It will usually drain or go away on its own. Worst case it may become a cellulitis (very uncommon, but needs treated) or skin infection, or a nodule in the eyelid that will have to be removed surgically. ...Read more

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What is a internal hordeolum and a stye? Same thing?

Clogged oil gland: A stye is a clogged oil gland found in the eyelid margin, it produces oil for the surface of the eye. When the orifice of this gland becomes blocked, the oil will back up and form what is called a stye. Typically a stye is from inflammation causing the opening (orifice) to occlude causing the stye. A stye is typically not an infected oil gland, but can occur due bacteria causing inflammation. ...Read more

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How does one tell on physical exam the difference between an internal hordeolum and a marginal chalazion? I'm a 4th yr med student @ Wayne State. TY

How does one tell on physical exam the difference between an internal hordeolum and a marginal chalazion? I'm a 4th yr med student @ Wayne State. TY

4th Year: Is that WSU, Michigan? Spent many years there. Two things: 1; Please carefully read what you can regarding your concern. 2: Once read, please discuss this with doctor with whom are following. He/she will help to the extent possible or refer you to a specialist. Hope you learn a lot! PS: Enjoy graduation ! ...Read more

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Could internal hordeolum look like chalazion?

Different stages: Hordeolum is another name for a stye. These ;are active, red and inflamed. Chalazia are the end results of the bodies attempt to clean up a stye in which case it simply walls it off leaving a cystic , pea like nodule in the lid. These are usually not tender, not inflamed and not red. They can be removed surgically if desired. ...Read more

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Does internal hordeolum look like a chalazion?

No: An internal hordeoulm is the acute clogging of an oil gland in the eyelid margin (mebomian gland), it is not an infection. It is usually red, sore, and swollen. A chalazion is the chronic form of a hordeoulm, but the tissue becomes granulated, and is not red, painful, and inflamed, but there is still a nodule or bump. ...Read more

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