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Updated on July 26, 2013


STYE OR EXTERNAL HORDEOLUM is a suppurative inflamation of the follicle of the eyelash including the gland of Zeis.

What are the symptoms?

Acute pain in the lid margin with a sense of heaviness and heat.

What are the clinical signs?

  1. Swelling, redness and marked odema of the affected lid.
  2. Marked tenderness at the point of inflammation on the lid margin.
  3. Chemosis of the bulbar conjunctiva may occur.
  4. Finally a white pus point becomes visible on the lid margin in relation to the root of the cilia.
  5. Enlargement of the corresponding pre-auricular lymph gland.
  6. The pus point bursts outside and pain and swelling subsides.

What are the predisposing factors?.

  1. Age: It can occur in any age but common in young adults.
  2. Metabolic factors: Diabetes, debility and excessive intake of carbohydrate.

What is the causative agent?

CoagulasePositive Staphylococcus.

STYE is contagious also, means other persons can catch the disease from the infected patient.

What is the treatment?

  1. Hot compress 2-3 times a day.
  2. Antibiotics 8 hourly.
  3. Ofloxacin ophthalmic ointment at bed time
  4. When the pus points, the pus should be drained either by pulling out the affected eyelash or by a tiny horizontal incision with a knife.


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      drdspervez 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks for going through my article. :)


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      drdspervez 6 years ago from Pakistan

      nurse wunmi fadebi thanks for going through my article. :)

      Dr.Durreshahwar pervez

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      nurse wunmi fadebi 6 years ago

      thanks very much for kind

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      drdspervez 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks for your good comment Dr.Amilia.


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      Dr. Amilia 7 years ago

      Like always you have written it so well and thorough.

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      drdspervez 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Dear joleenruffin ! Thanks a lot for reading my article and your comment but being a DOCTOR I can take care of these things,otherwise also you should never neglect any sign or symptoms of any disease.


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      joleenruffin 7 years ago from Tracy, CA

      My husband let one of these go on for too long without treating it and ended up having to get eye surgery to remove! was scary to watch. Take care of these things when you first get them.

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      drdspervez 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Good work.



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