A hordeolum, or stye, is an eyelid gland that has become infected and inflamed. It is usually a swollen, red and painful bump on the lid and may have some resulting discharge. If treated early, the hordeolum will usually resolve without any longstanding issues. Warm compresses and antibiotic/anti-inflammatory ointments are most frequently used but oral antibiotics can be helpful as well. If left untreated, the hordeolum can transition into a Chalazion, which is a non-infectious solid mass that usually has to be removed surgically, or a steroid injection can be given. For people who are prone to hordeolum development, eyelid hygiene with lid scrubs are necessary.
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