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.
Not the same. A stye generally refers to an external hordeolum, which is an infected hair follicle. These are painful enlarge into a red, round bump on the edge of the eyelid. An internal hordeolum is a chalazion or inflamed, backed up oil gland in the eyelid margin. They form a firm, painless nodule deep in the eyelid and generally are treated with hot compresses and lid scrubs.
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.
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.
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.
Yes and more. Stye is a general non-medical term used by non-ophthalmologist describing generally any pimple like lesion of the eyelid. Most people do interchangeably use stye for hordeolum and chalazions. Hordeolum and chalazion, are same except hordeolum usually appears red and painful, suggesting an infection. Chalazion are not red or very painful. Either can be internal or external.
Clogged oil gland. A hordeolum (often referred to as a stye) is when an oil gland (mebomian gland) of the eyelid margin becomes clogged. The oil backs up and forms a nodule and inflammation. An internal hordeolum is when the nodule protrudes on the anterior surface of the eyelid and a internal is when it protrudes on the back surface of the eyelid.
Can a chalazion occur without a stye and/or internal hordeolum? I have had no inflammation; however, suddenly feel a 2mm size nodule in the upper lid
Yes. Some Chalazia simply appear without a symptomatic precursor although a stye must have occurred without causing symptoms.
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.
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.
Stye. This is more commonly known as a stye. It is an infection of an oil-producing gland in the eyelid. The usual treatment is hot compresses and frequent cleaning of the eyelid. See your eye doctor if you are concerned.
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.
Not too dangerous. Caused by infection of small glands in eyelid but occuring on the inside of the eyelid r/t outside surface. Often requires antibiotic and excision if internal location. Should not be ignored and you should see an opthalmologist for evaluation and management.
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.