Hordeolum (Stye) Conshohocken & Philadelphia PA

What is a Stye?

A hordeolum, often referred to a stye, is a tender, painful red bump located at the base of an eyelash or under or inside the eyelid. When the oil glands of an eyelid become clogged, a hordeolummay develop. This type of hordeolum is generally referred to as an internal hordeolum, and appears as a visible bump under the eyelid. An infected hair follicle at the base of an eyelash can also cause a hordeolum. This is referred to as an external hordeolum, and is also visible as a small red bump.

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Signs and Symptoms of a Stye:

The first sign of hordeolum is a small, yellowish spot at the center of the bump that occurs when pus expands in the area. Other symptoms include: a lump on the top or bottom eyelid, swelling of the eye, eye redness, pain or tenderness in the involved eye, burning, tearing, or irritation of the eye, light sensitivity, and discomfort when blinking.