STYE

Hordeolum

A localized infection of the hair follicle of the eyelids

Cause

  • Staphylococcus aureus

Clinical features

  • Itching in the early stages
  • Swelling, pain and tenderness
  • Pus formation
  • May burst spontaneously

Differential diagnosis

  • Other infections of the eyelids
  • Blepharitis

MANAGEMENT

  • Usually, the stye will heal spontaneously
  • Avoid rubbing eye as this might spread the infection
  • Apply a warm/hot compress to the eye
  • Apply tetracycline eye ointment 1% 2-4 times daily until 2 days after symptoms have
    disappeared
  • Remove the eye lash when it is loose

Prevention

  • Remove any loose eyelashes
  • Good personal hygiene