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Eye Stye (Hordeolum)

Alternative names :- Bump on the eyelid; Stye, Sty

Also called a hordeolum, a stye is a localized infection that can occur externally (in the lumen of the smaller glands of Zeis or in Moll's glands) or internally (in the larger meibomian gland). A stye can occur in any patient at any age. Generally, the infection responds well to treatment but tends to recur.


A staphylococcal organism, most commonly Staphylococcus aureus, causes a stye . It can also occur due to conjunctivitis, eye infections, and poor health.


The following are the most common symptoms of a stye. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • swelling of the eyelid
  • redness at the edge of the eyelid
  • pain over the affected area (localized pain)
  • tenderness
  • drainage of yellow fluid

The symptoms of a stye may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

Diagnostic tests

A culture of the purulent material from the abscess usually reveals a staphylococcal organism.


Warm compresses applied for 10 to 15 minutes four times daily for 3 to 4 days aid drainage of the abscess. This treatment also relieves pain and inflammation and promotes suppuration.

Drug therapy includes a topical sulfonamide or antibiotic eyedrops or ointment and, occasionally, a systemic antibiotic. If the patient is prone to recurring styes, lid scrubs should be performed daily and antibiotic ointment or drops may be indicated.

If conservative treatment fails, incision and drainage may be necessary.

Home Remedies to get rid of eye stye

  • Guava leaves, warmed and placed on a warm damp cloth, and then used as a compress; reduce the redness, pain and swelling.
  • Home remedies for stye or home remedy for stye with coriander seeds : 1 tsp of coriander seeds should be boiled in a cup of water. Use this preparation to wash the eyes 3-4 times a day.
  • Wet a tea bag. Place over your eye for 10 to 15 min. The tea will draw the sty. You can use any type of tea bag.
  • Boil a handful of acacia leaves in two cups of water to make a decoction and apply it as compress on the eyelids.
  • Make paste with potato, spread it on a cloth and apply it externally on inflamed eyes to reduce swelling.

Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching the skin around your eye. If you are susceptible to styes, it may help to carefully clean off excess oils from the edges of your lids.

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