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What is a sty?
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Dr. James Leaming
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Infection of eyelid
A hordeolum is an infection of the sebaceous glands at the base of the eyelashes, or an infection of the sweat glands.
Commonly caused by a bacterial infection, or by blocking of an oil gland at the base of the eyelash. Common in infants, styes are experienced by people of all ages. Styes can be triggered by poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, lack of hygiene or rubbing of the eyes.

In brief: Infection of eyelid
A hordeolum is an infection of the sebaceous glands at the base of the eyelashes, or an infection of the sweat glands.
Commonly caused by a bacterial infection, or by blocking of an oil gland at the base of the eyelash. Common in infants, styes are experienced by people of all ages. Styes can be triggered by poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, lack of hygiene or rubbing of the eyes.
Dr. James Leaming
Dr. James Leaming
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
In brief: Clogged oil gland
Sty is when an oil gland of the eyelid margin gets clogged and the oil backs up and forming a pocket of stagnant oil and the eyelid becomes inflamed (inflamed, not infection).
A hordeolum is the acute phase or beginning stage of a stye, and a chalazion is the chronic phase (where the oil becomes more granular, thick and the skin inflammation resolves, but there is still a bump/nodule in the eyelid.

In brief: Clogged oil gland
Sty is when an oil gland of the eyelid margin gets clogged and the oil backs up and forming a pocket of stagnant oil and the eyelid becomes inflamed (inflamed, not infection).
A hordeolum is the acute phase or beginning stage of a stye, and a chalazion is the chronic phase (where the oil becomes more granular, thick and the skin inflammation resolves, but there is still a bump/nodule in the eyelid.
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
In brief: Inflammed gland
A sty (stye) is an inflammed oil gland of the eyelid that appears as a red, tender pimple.
It is caused by a bacterial infection of the gland. Usually, the sty drains & heals on its own. If the gland becomes blocked, it is called a chalazion and may need to be lanced by a doctor. You can treat a sty by applying a warm compress for 10 min 4x/day. Do not squeeze it!

In brief: Inflammed gland
A sty (stye) is an inflammed oil gland of the eyelid that appears as a red, tender pimple.
It is caused by a bacterial infection of the gland. Usually, the sty drains & heals on its own. If the gland becomes blocked, it is called a chalazion and may need to be lanced by a doctor. You can treat a sty by applying a warm compress for 10 min 4x/day. Do not squeeze it!
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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