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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!

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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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Who can I go to drain an internal hordeolum?

Who can I go to drain an internal hordeolum?

Most hordeolums: Or styes drain themselves if you apply enough warm compresses to the eyelid several times a day. Using some antibiotic eyedrops also seem to help, though I think they are over-prescribed by physicians in an attempt to make sure the eye does not get infected. Thanks for trusting in healthTap.

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How dangerous is an internal hordeolum to you?

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.

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What's 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.

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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.

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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.

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Could internal hordeolum look like chalazion?

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.

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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.

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How is chalazion different from internal hordeolum?

How is chalazion different from internal hordeolum?

Active vs inactive: An internal hordeolum is an active infection of an oil producing gland in the lid and is characterized by a painful bump on the eyelid. A chalazion can occur after the resolution of this infection and is a result of the body walling off the infected gland to prevent spreading of the infection. Chalazia are not painful.

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a internal hordeolum and a stye?

Similar: Both of these are styes. Hordeolum is the $64 dollar word for a stye. If it is in the substance of the lid, it is internal. If it is on the edge of the lid, it is external. They are both the same process in a different location.

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Internal hordeolum in my eye has not gone and it's been a week, what do I do?

Internal hordeolum in my eye has not gone and it's been a week, what do I do?

Try heat: Use very warm soaks over the eye 4-5 times per day for 5 minutes each over the next several days./ This will usually make a stye disappear. If not see your ophthalmologist for further treatment.

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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.

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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.

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If a stye occurs inside the eyelid, it is called an internal hordeolum. How dangerous is a internal hordeolum?

Not very: These usually cause the whole lid to get inflamed for a while, and then localize at one point in the internal lid. There is no danger to vision or the health of the eye. It would be rare for it to even affect the basic lid structure although they can be uncomfortable and ugly looking.

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I have a internal hordeolum. Some of the pus came out and went in my eye. My lower lid hurts and I collect pus from the corner of my eye. What to do?

I have a internal hordeolum. Some of the pus came out and went in my eye. My lower lid hurts and I collect pus from the corner of my eye. What to do?

Hordeloum?: 22 F I have a internal hordeolum. some of the pus came out and went in my eye. My lower lid hurts and I collect pus from the corner of my eye. What to do? ANS: See your Dr or go to walk in clinic.

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Can I use potassium iodide to get rid of an internal hordeolum? If so, do I apply it right to the eyelid?

Can I use potassium iodide to get rid of an internal hordeolum? If so, do I apply it right to the eyelid?

Well: Not a good idea see a primary care doctor optometrist or ophthalmologist for specific diagnosis and treatment should not really treat this yourself

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I can feel a hordeolum starting up on my lower lid. Is there any OTC treatment?

I can feel a hordeolum starting up on my lower lid. Is there any OTC treatment?

Hot compresses: Start with hot compresses 10 mins at least twice a day. If it does not improve after a week, go see your eye md for further evaluation and treatment.